Dr. Rubio is Professor of Christian Ethics at St. Louis University, where she has taught since 1999. She specializes in Catholic social thought, with attention to family, sex, and gender. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the College Theology Society, National Catholic Reporter, the Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, and Voices of Women, a community organizing group in Midtown St. Louis.  

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. With Charles E. Curran, she co-edited Readings in Moral Theology No. 15: Marriage (Paulist, 2009).  Georgetown University Press published Family Ethics: Practices for Christians (2010) in their Moral Traditions series (James Keenan, SJ, editor). In Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and Political in a Divided Church (Georgetown, 2016) 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. 


Read about Pope Francis' recent comments on family leave at the New Republic (Nov. 6, 2015) and the Washington Post (Nov. 30, 2015).

Listen to "Spiritual Practices for Christian Families," a public lecture at the Catholic Information Center, Grand Rapids, MI, livestreamed, Oct. 20, 2015.

Watch The Pulse, a local St. Louis television 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.

Read a brief report on a recent public lecture at Niagara University titled, "Are Catholics Saying Anything New about Family?," April 20, 2015.

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

Read an 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 Hope for Common Ground, in Brian Roewe, "Marchers, Bishops, Push Back on Marriage," National Catholic Reporter, July 1, 2014.

Listen to 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.

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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