The Catholic University of America

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D. 
– Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics



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.

Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at CUA.  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 and Insights from Catholic Teaching," second edition (CUA,2016)

"Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare," Oxford 2015

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