William C. Mattison III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Catholic Moral Theology - in particular, the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, virtue ethics, fundamental moral theology, marriage / sex / family
Dr. Mattison was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Long Island. After earning degrees at Georgetown University and Weston Jesuit School of Theology - and spending two years as a Catholic elementary school teacher - he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. During these years he was fortunate enough to study Thomistic moral theology under Dr. Jean Porter, and spend a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Fribourg, Switzerland doing dissertation research under the guidance of Fr. Servais Pincakers, O.P. After obtaining his degree, he spent two years teaching at Notre Dame, and another two at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD before his appointment at the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Mattison researches and teaches in the area of fundamental moral theology, with a focus on virtue and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of the recently published Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues (Brazos Press, 2008). He has articles in several peer-reviewed journals (including Theological Studies and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics) and chapters in several books. He is currently working on two books: Virtue, Happiness, and the Sermon on the Mount and Anger and Christian Ethics.
Besides serving in leadership roles in the Ethics and Catholic Theology Group and Moral Theology Group at the Society of Christian Ethics and Catholic Theological Society of America, respectively, Dr. Mattison co-founded and serves as Executive Director of the New Wine, New Wineskins symposium for pre-tenure Catholic moral theologians held annually at the University of Notre Dame. Through this role he edited New Wine, New Wineskins: A Next Generation Reflects on Issues in Catholic Moral Theology (Sheed and Ward, 2005).