The Catholic University of America

William A. Barbieri, Ph.D.
– Associate Professor of Ethics

 Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program



William Barbieri teaches in the Religion and Culture and Moral Theology/Ethics programs in the School of Theology and Religious Studies and directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the Catholic University of America. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies and of the Center for the Study of Culture and Values. In addition to his monographs Ethics of Citizenship: Immigration and Group Rights in Germany (Duke University Press, 1998) and Constitutive Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), he has edited From Just War to Modern Peace Ethics (with Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven; De Gruyter, 2012) and At the Limits of the Secular:  Reflections on Faith and Public Life (Eerdmans 2104).  He has also published articles in the areas of human rights, comparative ethics, peace studies, Catholic social teaching, and German studies. His current research addresses the historicity of morals. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, he has also served on the boards of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the Institut für Theologie und Frieden in Germany. Barbieri is a past recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and a Fulbright German Studies Fellowship. After studying religion and comparative area studies at Duke University, he received a doctorate in religious studies from Yale University in 1992. Following brief appointments at the College of the Holy Cross and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he joined the CUA faculty in 1994.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-4767
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Ethics

  • Social Ethics

  • Ethics and Political Theory

  • Religion and Public Policy

  • Ethics and Aesthetics

Latest Publications

Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven and William A. Barbieri Jr., eds., From Just War to Modern Peace Ethics (Berlin:  de Gruyter, 2012)

William A. Barbieri Jr., ed., At the Limits of the Secular:  Reflections on Faith and Public Life (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2014)


TRS 280 The Religious Quest

TRS 334 War, Peace, and Revolution

TRS 338 War, Ethics, and Film

TRS 381 Ways of Peace in World Religions

TRS 382 Religion and Public Policy

TRS 385 Religion & Ecology

TRS 730B The Moral Imagination

TRS 733D Human Rights: Religious and Ethical Perspectives

 TRS 734B Comparative Ethics

TRS 734C Theories of Justice

TRS 737A Ethics and Action

TRS 737D Twentieth-Century Theological Ethics 

TRS 831 Ethics and Social Theory


Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae