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Tim Carey

theology department

Nicole L. Reibe

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Theology

Stokes N420D
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Advisor/Dissertation Director:
James W. Morris


MA, Hartford Theological Seminary, 2007
BA, Yale University, 2003


Tim is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Theology at Boston College where he studies Muslim-Christian relations in sub-Saharan Africa.  His approach to Theology is deeply rooted in a commitment to inter-religious dialogue, human rights, and social justice as reflected in his professional domestic and foreign experience in the non-profit educational sector.

Tim at the Matonyok Family Trust (orphanage) in Arusha Tanzania
At the Matonyok Family Trust in Arusha Tanzania, an affiliate orphanage of the non-profit where Tim oversaw oversaw the construction of a sanitation facility

Specifically, Tim’s research examines how Muslim and Christian leaders in Kenya and Tanzania are responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic from a religious standpoint.  It also considers how these religious leaders can affirm the inherent dignity of the individual suffering from the disease while also trying to make sense of the negative impact of HIV/AIDS on the broader society. Key figures in his work include David B. Burrell, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Hans Küng, Abdullaziz Sachedina, and Abdullahi an-Na’im. 

His dissertation considers how the inter-religious Muslim and Christian response to HIV/AIDS in East Africa can be seen as a model for a practical inter-religious engagement.

Tim has additionally served as the Director of the annual Engaging Particularities Conference at Boston College which brings young scholars in the field of Comparative Theology together to present their work. 


“The hijrah: Classical and Contemporary Issues Facing the Flight of the Prophet Muhammad,” Boston College Graduate Research Symposium, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 15 March 2011.

“Islam’s Response to the Poor,” Crossroads Interreligious Retreat, Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, Cambridge, MA, 16 January 2012.

“Development of Islamic Law in India during Colonialism,” Annual Symposium for the Journal of Law and Religion, Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 26 September 2012.

“Advances in Contexualized Muslim-Christian Dialogue,” Engaging Particularities Eleventh Annual Conference on Interreligious Dialogue, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 22 March 2013.

“HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: A Theological Perspective,” The Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 28 May 2013.


TH-116–Medieval Religions and Thought (Professor Stephen Brown), Fall 2012
TH-498 – HIV/AIDS and Ethics (Professor James F. Keenan SJ), Spring 2013
TH-161 – Religious Quest, Comparative Perspectives (Professor James W. Morris), 2013-2014