Christiana Peppard

Professor Christiana Peppard

Assistant Professor

General Information

Department of Theology
Lincoln Center Campus
Office 915F, Leon Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023

Email: cpeppard@fordham.edu

Biography

Christiana Z. Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, where she is affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies and American Studies. Her research engages religious ecological ethics at the intersection of Catholic social teaching, ecological anthropology, natural law theory and developments in the earth sciences.

Professor Peppard is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (Orbis Books, 2014) and co-editor of Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology, and Resource Extraction (Orbis Books, 2015) and Expanding Horizons in Bioethics (Springer, 2005). Her peer-reviewed articles are published in venues such as the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Journal of Moral Theology, New Theology Review, and Journal of the Society for Christian Ethics.

Dr. Peppard teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at Fordham, including: Religion and Ecology, Human Nature After Darwin, Ecological Ethics, and Theology and Contemporary Science. She lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has provided analysis of contemporary topics in ecological ethics and religion and science in venues such as Public Radio International, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The New Republic, the Washington Post, TED-Ed, MSNBC, and others.

Education

BA, Stanford University (Human Biology, 2001)

MAR, Yale Divinity School (Ethics, 2005; summa cum laude and recipient of the high scholarship award)

PhD, Yale University (Religious Studies, 2011; with distinction)

Research Interests

Professor Peppard’s research engages religious ecological ethics at the intersection of Catholic social teaching, ecological anthropology, natural law theory and developments in the earth sciences. She is an expert in emerging fresh water ethics, and her current manuscript project engages the quandaries surrounding the values of water in the Anthropocene. Other areas of expertise and research interest include: Laudato Si’, ecological theory and political ecology, feminist natural law theory, comparative religious responses to Darwin and evolutionary theory, and the history and ethics of the Catholic Church’s engagement with modern biological sciences.

Publications

Books
Just Water: Theology, Ethics and the Global Water Crisis (Orbis Books, 2014)

Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology, and Resource Extraction, co-edited with Andrea Vicini SJ (Orbis Books, 2015)

Expanding Horizons in Bioethics, co-edited with Arthur Galston (Springer, 2005)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles
“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.

“Water Ethics on a Human-Dominated Planet: Rationality, Context, and Values in Global Governance.” 4,000-word literature review and analysis, co-authored with Jeremy J. Schmidt (Harvard University). Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: WATER, Vol. 1 (6), November/December 2014: 533-547. DOI: 10.102/wat21043.

“What Powers Us? A Comparative Religious Ethics of Energy Sources, Power, and Privilege.” Christiana Z. Peppard, Julia Watts Belser, Erin Lothes Biviano, and James B. Martin-Schramm. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, forthcoming 2016.

“Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century.” Co-authored by: Erin Lothes Biviano, David Cloutier, Elaine, Padilla, Christiana Z. Peppard, and Jame Schaefer. Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 2016): 1-36.

“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.

“Democracy, the Verb: Pauli Murray’s Poetry as a Resource for Contemporary Freedom Struggles.”   Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 29, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 148-155.

Selected Engaged Scholarship in the Public Sphere
“The Moral Case for Renewable Energy,” The New Republic (June 2015)

“What you need to know about Francis’s environmental encyclical,” The Washington Post (June 2015

“The Pope takes on climate change,” The Brian Lehrer Show (radio) discussing Laudato Si’ (June 2015)

“Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem,” TED-Ed (February 2014)