Dr. Rubio focuses her research and teaching in the area of Catholic moral theology. She has a strong commitment to bridging the traditional gap between sexual ethics and social ethics. Her research interests include marriage and family, faith-based responses to poverty, moral cooperation with evil in social ethics, and political theology.

Her first book, A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family (Paulist, 2003), provides an introduction to Catholic theology on the family and emphasizes the family’s social mission.  It is often used in undergraduate courses on Christian marriage. With Charles E. Curran, she co-edited Readings in Moral Theology No. 15: Marriage (Paulist, 2009). The book is part of a series formerly edited by Curran and the late Richard A. McCormick. Georgetown University Press published her monograph, Family Ethics: Practices for Christians (2010) in their Moral Tradition series (James Keenan, SJ, editor). In Between the Personal and Political: Catholic Hope for Common Ground, (Georgetown, 2015) she attempts to move Catholics beyond culture war divisions to dialogue on poverty, marriage, abortion, and end of life care.  

Dr. Rubio holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (1987), an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School (1991), and a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California (1995).

In 2003 and 2007, she was chosen by SLU students to receive Faculty Excellence awards. She is the past director of the MA program in Theological Studies and the Mev Puleo Scholarship program. She is married to Marty, who teaches history at Villa Duchesne High School, and they have three sons--Stephen, Tom, and Dominic. 

Recent Publications

Review of Charles E. Camosy, For the Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action, National Catholic Reporter, March 28-April 10, 2014, 22.

“Practicing Faith in Public Life: Beginning with the Local,” Journal of Political Theology 14.6, 2013, 772-85.

“Family Ethics: Beyond Sex and Controversy,” Notes on Moral Theology, Theological Studies 74:1, 2013, 138-61.

“Consuming with Compassion,” in Paul Myhre, ed., Religion and Ethics: Issues in 21st Century North America, Anselm, 2013, 201-21.

“Seeking Work-Family Balance at Jesuit Universities,” Conversations January 2012, 37-38.

“Jesus, Paul, and Family Values,” Ex Auditu 28, 2012, 45-69.

“Remembering John Kavanaugh, S.J.,” National Catholic Reporter, December 7-20, 2012, 21.

"The Road Ahead: Moral Theology after the Margaret Farley Case," America, September 14, 2012.

"Looking at Love and Relationships," U.S. Catholic Magazine, Vatican 2.0, October 2012.

Regular blogposts at catholicmoraltheology.com.


St. Louis on the Air, "Pope Francis and his Impact on the Catholic Church," February 12, 2014, with Randy Rosenberg and Chris Collins, S.J.

Interview, The American Prospect, December 5, 2013.

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Rubio presenting a paper entitled, "Do Local Actions Matter?" at a Lindenwood University conference on Free Markets and Localism, March 2012.

St. Louis on the Air, "Religion and Politics," October. 2, 2012, with Randy Rosenberg and Rusty Reno.

Family Ethics: Practices for Christians received a Catholic Press Association award in 2011.

Click here to access an interview in U.S. Catholic (February 2011).  Click here for the accompanying video.

Dr. Rubio is pictured second from the left with a panel at the second international meeting of Catholic theological ethicists, "In the Currents of History: From Trent to the Future," July 2010. Her presentation, "A Vision of Marriage for the 21st Century: Intimacy, Reciprocity, and Christian Identity," was translated into Spanish, Italian, and French for the international audience and later published in Catholic Theological Ethics, Past, Present, and Future: The Trento Conference, ed. James Keenan, S.J.