Julie Hanlon Rubio is Professor of Christian Ethics at St. Louis University, where she has taught since 1999. Her research interests include: marriage and family, feminist theory, sex and gender ethics, religion and politics, and common ground dialogue. Currently, she serves on the boards of National Catholic Reporter and the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education. 

Dr. Rubio is the author of A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family (Paulist, 2003), Family Ethics: Practices for Christians (Georgetown University Press, 2010, Moral Traditions series), and Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church (Georgetown University Press, 2016, Moral Traditions series). With Charles E. Curran, she co-edited Marriage (Paulist Press, 2009)  a volume in the Readings in Moral Theology series. Her academic articles have appeared in Theological Studies, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Horizons, the Journal of Political Theology, and INTAMS. In 2017, her guide to Pope Francis' recent document on family will be published by Liturgical Press: Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love.

She 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).

Her undergraduate courses at SLU include: Social Justice; Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics; and Faith and Politics. She has taught graduate courses in feminist theology, fundamental moral theology, social ethics, and family ethics. In 2003 and 2007, she was chosen by SLU students to receive Faculty Excellence awards. She received the excellence in teaching award from the department of Women's and Gender Studies in 2016.

She is married to Marty, who chairs the social studies department at Villa Duchesne High School, and they have three sons--Stephen, Tom, and Dominic. 


Listen to a podcast on political divisions among Catholics and hope for common ground on SiriusXM Radio's Busted Halo show, July 13, 2016.

Read "Holy Families: Looking to the Bible for New Models of Mercy," the cover story in the June 20-27, 2016 issue of America.

Listen to a podcast discussion of Amoris Laetitia on "America This Week," SiriusXM, April 13, 2016.

Read some initial thoughts on Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia at the Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and Political Theology Today, April 2016.

Look for comments on Hillary Clinton in an article on Catholics and the presidential election in National Catholic Register, February 26, 2016.

Read comments about Catholics and family leave at the New Republic, Nov. 6, 2015, and the Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2015.

Watch The Pulse, a local St. Louis TV talk show that focused on
Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. on Sept. 26, 2015.

Listen to a podcast from a conference held at Notre Dame, April 27-28, 2015, "Beyond Polarization in the Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal." Read some initial thoughts in a blogpost,
"Dialogue as Solidarity," at Political Theology Today, May 8, 2015. View a brief video with interviews of participants.

Listen to a podcast of an interview with Steven Oakey at Daily Theology, 2015.

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.

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