The Catholic University of America


David Elliot, Ph.D. 
– Assistant Professor of Moral Theology & Ethics


  David Elliot came to the Catholic University of America in 2017 after a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship as Research Associate in Theological Ethics at Cambridge University, where he was concurrently a Research Associate in ethics at The Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He teaches moral theology as STRS faculty, and his research focuses on virtue ethics and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas; including work on the theological virtue of hope, Scripture and ethics, and the art of dying. He received his Ph.D. in moral theology at the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Written under Professor Jean Porter, his dissertation sought to demonstrate how the theological virtue of hope contributes to human happiness and the common good. Dr. Elliot has worked on ethical and social issues with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, as well as members of the British House of Lords, and he is an ethics analyst for the BBC. His first book, Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2017) was described by one academic reviewer as “a uniquely significant contribution to the field of Christian ethics.” Recently his work on hope was awarded the $4000 Essay and Book Prize from the Character Project of the Templeton Foundation for contribution to the study of character.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6504

Areas of Expertise

  • Virtue Ethics

  • Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Theological Virtue of hope

  • Art of dying

Latest Publications

  •  Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 2017)
  •  “The Turn to Classification in Virtue Ethics: A Review Essay,” in Studies in Christian Ethics 29.4
      (November 2016): 477–488.
  •  “Defining the Relationship Between Health and Well-being in Bioethics,” in The New Bioethics 22.1
    (Spring 2016): 4-17.
  •  “The Theological Virtue of Hope and the Art of Dying,” in Studies in Christian Ethics 29.3
      (Summer 2016): 301-307.
  •  “The Christian as Homo Viator: a Resource in Thomas Aquinas for Overcoming ‘Worldly Sin
      and Sorrow,’” in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34.2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 101-121.


    TRS 632A - Christian Social Ethics

    TRS 835B - Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas


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