James W. Stroud, S.T.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics
Catholic moral theology, in particular the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, virtue ethics, bioethics, social ethics, sexual ethics
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.
Since joining the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics, Dr. Stroud has been teaching courses in biomedical ethics (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) and introduction to theology courses for first year students in the undergraduate program.
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 use of the Twelve Steps as a guide for the inculcation of virtue, historical questions surrounding St. Thomas’ mature teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit as presented in the Summa theologiae, and the Catholic Church’s teaching on artificial nutrition and hydration as applied to PVS patients.
He resides in Maryland with his wife Katherine and their five children.