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Cristina Traina

Traina, CristinaGeneral Information

441 East Fordham Road 
Duane Library 153
Bronx, NY 10458

Email: ctraina@fordham.edu

Biography

Biography

Originally from Berkeley, California, Cristina Traina grew up in central Indiana and eastern Pennsylvania.  She attended Princeton University, where she majored in Religion.  She earned her M.A. in Religion and her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she studied with Anne Carr, David Tracy, Robin Lovin, James Gustafson, and William Schweiker.

Traina came to Fordham in 2020 from Northwestern University, where she taught for nearly 30 years in the Department of Religious Studies. She has been active in the Society of Christian Ethics throughout her career, serving as Board member, as President, as member of the 21st Century Committee, and as co-chair of the 2018-2020 taskforce that conducted a nation-wide survey of tenure-line and contingent faculty in religious studies and theology. She has served on the editorial boards of various journals.  She is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the America Academy of Religion, and Societas Ethica.  A member of the advisory board for New Ways Ministry, she also writes occasionally for its blog, Bondings 2.0.

Professor Traina’s research focuses on critical and constructive Christian feminist ethics, with a specialty in Catholic ethics.  Areas of special expertise include sexuality, ethics of relationship, methodological questions, and moral agency, in particular children’s moral agency.  She has additional interests in bioethics, migration, intersectionality, and economic and political justice.

Education

Education

Ph.D. in Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School
M.A. in Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School
A.B. in Religion, Princeton University 

Research Interests


Research interests

Professor Traina’s research focuses on critical and constructive Christian feminist ethics, with a specialty in Catholic ethics. Areas of special expertise include sexuality, ethics of relationship, methodological questions, and moral agency, in particular children’s moral agency. She has additional interests in bioethics, migration, intersectionality, and economic and political justice.

In her current project, Children Out of Place and Moral Agency, she explores the implications for ethical conceptions of moral agency of children who are “out of place” according to Western liberal notions of childhood.  Each instance demands a different revision of moral agency and of childhood, and each questions American assumptions about and practices of childrearing and education.  They include children who work for pay; children who migrate unaccompanied; children who are recruited by armies and gangs; children active in labor movements and politics; and children who must decide how to respond to intersex or transgender identity.

Publications

Selected Publications

Books

Erotic Attunement:  Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality between Unequals. Chicago:  
University of Chicago Press, 2011.  

Feminist Ethics and Natural Law: The End of the Anathemas.  Washington, DC: 
Georgetown University Press, 1999.

Recent articles

“How Gendered Is Marriage?” In Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives, 79-90.  
Edited by Jason King and Julie Hanlon Rubio.  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2020.

“Sources of Authority in Laudato Si’.” In Laudato Si’ and the Environment: Pope Francis'
Green Encyclical. Edited by Robert McKim.  New York:  Routledge, 2019. 

“Local Authoritarianism as a Barrier to Democracy.” Journal of Moral Theology 8 no. 2 
(June 2019): 113-121.

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Unwanted Pregnancy, Mercy, and Solidarity.” 
Journal of Religious Ethics 46 no. 4 (December 2018): 658-81.

“Holy Family or Holy Child?  Child Migrants as Vulnerable Agents.” In Unaccompanied Minor
Children:  Social, Legal, and Ethical Proposals, ed. Hille Haker and Molly Greening, 141-60. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018. 

“The Vice of ‘Virtue’:  Teaching Consumer Practice in an Unjust World.” Journal of Moral 
Theology 7 no. 1 (2018):13-27.

“‘This is the Year’:  Narratives of Structural Evil.” Journal of the Society of Christian 
Ethics 37 no. 2 (2017): 3-19.

 “Whose Sensus? Which Fidelium? Justice and Gender in a Global Church.” In Learning 
from All The Faithful: A Contemporary Theology of the Sensus Fidei, 155-169.  Edited by Peter C. Phan and Bradford Hinze. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016. 

“Commodifying Sex: A View from the Margins.” Concilium 2014 no. 4: 44-52.  

 “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:  Dealing Honestly with Pastoral Power.”  In Soft Shepherd 
or Almighty Pastor?:  Power in Pastoral Care, 122-144.  Edited by Annemie Dillen.  Eugene, OR:  Wipf and Stock, 2014.

“Facing Forward: Feminist Analysis of Care and Agency on a Global Scale.” In Distant 
Markets, Distant Harms:  Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics, 173-201.  Edited by Daniel Finn. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014.