Dr. Stroud was born and raised in the piney woods of East Texas, After receiving his B.A. (Philosophy) and M.A. (Theology) at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, he pursued his doctoral work at The Catholic University of America. In October 2008 he received his S.T.L. in Moral Theology/Ethics and then completed his S.T.D. in Moral Theology/Ethics in May 2012. Over the past 5 years, James has taught courses in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America as a STRS Teaching Fellow and a First Year Experience Teaching Fellow. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD.
He is currently working on getting his dissertation published as a book and doing research for an article on the Augustinian shift in St. Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of grace as found in Thomas’ doctrine of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. His other research interests include the role of the State in post-Vatican II magisterial documents, the use of the Twelve Steps as a guide for the inculcation of virtue, and historical questions surrounding St. Thomas’ mature teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit as presented in the Summa theologiae.
He resides in Maryland with his wife Katherine and their four children.
Areas of Expertise
Catholic moral theology, in particular the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, virtue ethics, bioethics, social ethics, sexual ethics