Dr. Rubio, Professor of Christian Ethics at St. Louis University, focuses her research on Catholic theology on marriage and family and Catholic social teaching. She has a strong commitment to bridging the gap between sexual and social ethics, and a strong desire to find common ground between liberals and conservatives.

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 Traditions series (James Keenan, SJ, editor). In Between the Personal and Political: Catholic Hope for Common Ground, (Georgetown, forthcoming 2016) she attempts to move Catholics beyond culture war divisions to dialogue on poverty, marriage, abortion, and end of life care. She argues that in the local sphere, better ethical conversation and action are possible. Future plans include a monograph on moral cooperation with evil and a book on Dorothy Day's theology and ethics.

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

"Practicing Gratuity: A Vision for Families and the Social Order," in Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress, ed. Peter Casarella, Eerdmans, 2014, 104-26.

"Practices of Love and Solidarity: Family Ethics," in Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions, ed. Claire E. Wolfteich, Paulist 2014, 215-33.

“U.S. Catholic Hopes for the Upcoming Synod on the Family,” INTAMS Review 20.1, 2014, 13-18.

“Virtues of Parenting,” in Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives,ed., Kathryn Getek Soltis and William Werpehowski, Lexington,  2014, 95-112.

“Ministering to the Unaffiliated: A Challenge for the Church,” in Family’s Many Faces, ed. Karlijn Demasure, Peeters, 2014, 113-30.

“Animals, Evil, and Family Meals,” Journal of Catholic Moral Theology 3.2, 2014, 17-36.

"A Hopeful Start," America, June 30, 2014. A response to the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Vatican synod on the family.

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.


Interview on the Synod on the Family, Oct.3, 2014,  US theologian Rubio: Let us not limit family ethics to sexuality - Vatican Insider.

Look for a brief discussion of Between the Personal and the Political, in Brian Roewe, "Marchers, Bishops, Push Back on Marriage," National Catholic Reporter, July 1, 2014.

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 R.R. Reno.

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.