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Julie Hanlon Rubio

Professor of Social Ethics

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 549-5031

Julie Rubio joined the faculty at JST after 19 years in the Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis University where she was Professor of Christian Ethics with a secondary appointment in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research brings the resources of social ethics to issues of sex, gender, marriage, and family. She has published four books and one edited volume. Her many essays have appeared in Theological Studies, Horizons, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Political Theology. She is a board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Horizons, the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and National Catholic Reporter. She speaks in a wide variety of public forums and writes for popular venues such as America magazine, the blog CatholicMoralTheology.com, the Washington Post, and US Catholic. Her current book project is titled Catholicism, Gender, and the Family.

Degrees and Certifications

BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1987
MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 1991
PhD, Religion and Social Ethics, University of Southern California, 1995

Research and Teaching Interests
  • religion and politics
  • sexual violence
  • gender and Catholic thought
  • family ethics
Selected Publications
  • Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church, Georgetown University Press, 2016
  • Family Ethics: Practices for Christians, Georgetown University Press, 2010 
  • "Cooperation with Evil Reconsidered: The Moral Duty of Resistance," Theological Studies78.1, 2017, 96-120.
  •  “The Reach and Limits of the Francis Effect,” A Response to James Bretzke,” Horizons42.2, 2015, 403-408.
  • “Practicing Faith in Public Life: Beginning with the Local,” Journal of Political Theology14.6, 2013, 772-85.

  • “Family Ethics: Beyond Sex and Controversy,” Notes on Moral Theology, Theological Studies74:1, 2013, 138-61.