Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Christiana Peppard

Assistant Professor

Lincoln Center 916E
(212) 636-6279


Ph.D. - Yale University
M.A. - Yale Divinity School
B.A. - Stanford University

Research Interests

An expert on fresh water ethics in an era of global resource scarcity and climate change, Christiana Z. Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics in the Department of Theology and affiliated faculty in the Environmental Policy Program and the Program in American Studies.  Her current book projects include (1) ethical analysis of modes of valuing fresh water in an era of economic globalization and (2) constructions and deployments of the slippery concepts of nature and human nature in light of scientific, theological, and philosophical depictions of materiality.


Christiana Z. Peppard received her Ph.D. from Yale University (2011, with distinction), an M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School (2005, summa cum laude), and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University (2001). Her book, Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis explores the problem of fresh water scarcity in an era of climate change and economic globalization, and it charts a fresh water ethic from resources in environmental thought, moral anthropology, and Catholic social teaching (Orbis Books, pub. date January 2014).

Dr. Peppard is the author of peer-reviewed scholarly articles in venues such as the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. She has contributed chapters to several edited volumes and, with the late Arthur Galston, she co-edited the book, Expanding Horizons in Bioethics (Springer, 2005), which argued for an expansion of bioethical discourse towards the horizon of the relationship between science and society.  Presently she is co-editing, with Andrea Vicini, S.J., a volume entitled “Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction” (under contract with Orbis Books). Dr. Peppard is a Fordham University Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project, and her work as an educator and researcher appears in prominent public media outlets including TED-Ed,, the History Channel, Microsoft’s Global Innovators in Education blog, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. She lectures nationally and internationally on fresh water, ethics, resource extraction, and religion and science.

At Fordham, Dr. Peppard teaches a range of classes, including: Human Nature After Darwin, Theology and Science, American Icons and Religiosity, Religion and Ecology, Environmental Ethics, and Faith and Critical Reason.

From 2009-2012, Dr. Peppard served as a lay member of the Board of Directors of America magazine, the weekly publication of the Jesuit Conference of the United States. Prior to joining the faculty at Fordham, Dr. Peppard was Cathedral Scholar in Residence at St. John the Divine in New York City and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham. Previously, she trained as a hospital chaplain and was part of a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on Ethics at the End of Life (2003) while she worked at the Yale Center for Bioethics. She lives in New York City with her spouse and exuberant daughter, loves mornings, and enjoys reading poetry, intellectual biographies, ecological economic theory, and histories of the hydraulic period of the American West.

Selected scholarly titles

Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014.

“Troubling Waters: the Jordan River between religious imagination and environmental degradation.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 3, no. 2 (2013): 109-119. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-013-0116-1.

“Fresh Water and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vital Nexus.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought, vol. 9, iss. 2 (Summer 2012): 325-352. Winner of the 2013 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America.

“Denaturing Nature.” The Union Seminary Quarterly Review 63, nos. 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2011): 97-120.

Selected public forum contributions

TED-Ed series on fresh water, written and narrated by Christiana Z. Peppard and animated by Jeremy Collins: “Where we get our fresh water” and “Fresh water scarcity: An introduction to the problem.”

“The resource problem you probably haven’t heard about,” (on fresh water scarcity and aquifer depletion).

“Invasive Procedures,” Huffington Post (on hydraulic fracturing).

FALL 2014

THEO 1000-L04, L07: Faith & Critical Reason
THEO 5015-R01: Teaching Theology

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