The Catholic University of America

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D. 
– Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics
-- Assoicate Dean for Graduate Studies



Joseph E. Capizzi is Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism.

In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and is currently a bioethics advisor to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission, on which he has served since his appointment by Governor Ehrlich in 2006. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6511
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Ethics

  • Development of Doctrine

  • Medieval Moral Theology

  • Virtue Theology

  • Law and Religion

  • Rights, Peace, and Justice

Latest Publications

A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions & Insights from Catholic Teaching
(Catholic University Press, 2014)


TRS 230 Character, Choice, and Community

TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics

TRS 732B Beginning of Life Issues

TRS 737C Law in Moral Theology

TRS 837 Human and Animal Consciousness



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae