The Catholic University of America

David Lantigua, Ph.D. 
– Assistant Professor of Moral Theology




David Lantigua received his Ph.D. in the area of Moral Theology/Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before coming to CUA, he was a graduate fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

 Dr. Lantigua’s research brings the ethical and political thought of early modern Spanish scholastic theologians into interdisciplinary conversation with contemporary discussions of law, war and peace, church and empire, religious violence, and human dignity. His scholarly interests also include Catholic social teaching, Latin American theology, comparative ethics, and the development of religious freedom and human rights in the Christian tradition. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian social ethics, fundamental moral theology, and comparative religions.

He has published articles in Modern Theology and the Journal of Moral Theology and has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Religion and The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Latin America. He is co-editor and co-translator of The Essential Bartolomé de las Casas: A Brief History with Documents with historian Lawrence A. Clayton (Bedford/St. Martin’s, forthcoming). He is also co-author of Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics, 2nd Edition, with Darrell Fasching and Dell deChant (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). His current writing projects address the topics of human rights, human dignity, and social ethics from an ecclesiological perspective.

Dr. Lantigua has three daughters and is married to Marisa. They live as faculty in residence at CUA.




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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5668
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Thomistic moral theology and Spanish scholasticism

  • Human rights and religious freedom

  • Christian social teaching

  • Latin American theology

  • Comparative religious ethics

Latest Publications



TRS 201H Faith Seeking Understanding

TRS 230 Introduction to Moral Theology/Ethics

TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics

TRS 737E Freedom, Responsibility, Rights

TRS 835B The Moral Theology of St. Thomas


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Curriculum Vitae