Dr Tobias Winright

Associate member, Las Casas Institute

Dr Tobias Winright is Professor of Moral Theology at Saint Patrick’s Pontifical University in Maynooth, Ireland. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Theological Ethics in the Department of Theological Studies and Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Gnaegi Centre for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, USA. He holds a PhD in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame, and an MDiv from Duke University Divinity School.

Dr Winright’s research activity focuses on Catholic social thought, just war and just peace, criminal justice and police reform, ecotheology, and bioethics.

His most recent books are the T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics, published in 2021 by Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, and Serve and Protect: Selected Essays on Just Policing, published in 2020 by Cascade Books.

His forthcoming book is entitled Just and Unjust Policing and due to be published by Georgetown University Press. He is also editing a revised and expanded edition of Green Discipleship: Theology and Ecology, due to be published by Cascade Books.

He is Associate Editor of Health Care Ethics USA, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and he has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and as Book Review Editor of Political Theology. He frequently contributes to The TabletAmerica, Commonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, and other periodicals. He was Vice President of the College Theology Society from 2019 to 2021.

Selected publications: “Krieg und Frieden im Hinblick auf den Krieg zwischen der Ukraine und Russland. Aktuelle Ethik-Diskussionen in der römisch-katholischen Theologie” (with Maria Power), Ökumenische Rundschau 72, no. 2 (April-June 2023): 182-207; “Religion and Police Officers: Exploring the Impact on Police Practice,” in Crime, Criminal Justice and Religion: A Critical Appraisal, edited by Philip Birch, Conor Murray, and Andrew McInnes (London & New York: Routledge, 2023), pp. 29-41; “Crucifixion, Torture, and Capital Punishment,” in The Routledge Companion to Christian Ethics, edited by D. Stephen Long and Rebekah L. Miles (London & New York: Routledge, 2023), pp. 260-274; “Just War Lessons We Should Remember,” in Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis’ Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons, edited by Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Carole Sargent (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2023), pp. 37-46; “A Just Mining Framework for the Ethics of Extraction of Natural Resources and Integral Peace,” in Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology, edited by Gerard F. Powers and Caesar A. Montevecchio (London & New York: Routledge, 2021), pp. 95-116; “Reimagining Just War as Anchored in, Tethered to, and Tempered by Mercy,” Journal of Religious Ethics 38, no. 3 (September 2020): 436-457; “The Costs of Jus ante Bellum and Jus post Bellum” (with Nathaniel Hibner), in The Business of War: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Military-Industrial Complex, edited by Matthew A. Tapie, James W. McCarty III, and Justin Bronson Barringer (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2020), pp. 193-206; “Conscience and the Military,” in Voting and Faithfulness: Catholic Perspectives on Politics, edited by Nicholas Cafardi (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2020), pp. 204-224; “Addiction—Drink and Drugs,” in Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics, edited by James F.  Keenan and Mark McGreevy (Orbis Books, 2019), pp. 89-99; “Just War and Imagination Are Not Mutually Exclusive,” Horizons 45, no. 1 (June 2018): 114-119; “Faith, Justice, and Ferguson: Insights for Religious Educators,” Religious Education 113, no. 3 (May-June 2018): 244-252.




Email: tobias.winright@spcm.ie