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James Keenan, S.J.

theology department


James Keenan, S.J.

Canisius Professor

Director, The Jesuit Institute

Stokes N331
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3765
Fax: 617-552-0794

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STL, STD, Gregorian University, Rome
MDiv, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA
BA, Fordham University, New York


Jim Keenan has been a Jesuit of the New York Province since 1970 and an ordained priest since 1982.


university ethics, fundamental moral theology; history of theological ethics; Thomas Aquinas; virtue ethics; HIV/AIDS; Church leadership ethics


Fundamental Moral Theology
Virtue Ethics
Twentieth Century Catholic Moral Theology
New Testament and Ethics
The Church and Ethics: Contemporary and Historical Cases
The Human Body
The Ethics of Thomas Aquinas
Ethical Issues of HIV/AIDS
Genetics Seminar
Catholic Theological Ethics, twelfth through eighteenth centuries
John and Virtue Ethics


  • Founders Professor, Boston College, 2008-2014.
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. 2003-
  • Board of Directors, Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). 2012-2014
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
  • Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton.
  • Grant and Faculty Fellowship, Association of Theological Schools.
  • Tuohy Chair, John Carroll University.
  • Gasson Chair, Boston College.
  • Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award (2002) Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS
  • Consultant to National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Revision of the Ethical Guidelines for Catholic Health Care Institutions. 1988-1995
  • Editorial Board Member of Theological Studies. 1991-2013
  • Series Editor, Moral Traditions, Georgetown University Press. 1993-2013
  • Chair, Catholic Theological Coalition on HIV/AIDS Prevention. 1997-
  • Board of Trustees, John Carroll University. 1999-2002
  • Group Leader, Surgeon General’s Task Force on Responsible Sexual Conduct. 2000-2002
  • Advisor, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance. 2000-
  • Board of Directors, Society of Christian Ethics. 2001-2004
  • Chair, Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. 2003-
  • Adjunct Professor, Gregorian University, Rome: Loyola School of Theology, Manila.
  • Adjunct Professor, Dharmaran, Bangalore.



University Ethics: Why Colleges Need A Culture of Ethics, Rowman and Littlefield, May 2015. (forthcoming)

Paul and Virtue Ethics with Daniel Harrington (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).

Catholic Theological Ethics, Past, Present, and Future: The Trento Conference edited (Orbis, 2011); (Bangalore: Theological Publications in India, 2012). (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2013).

A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences (New York: Continuum, 2010). 


“Redeeming Conscience,” Theological Studies, May 2015. (forthcoming)

"The Gallant Rule: A Feminist Proposal," Linda Hogan and Orobator, ed. Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press 2014) 219-231.

"Embodiment and Relationality: Roman Catholic Concerns about Transhumanist Proposals," Calvin Mercer and Derek Maher, eds., Transhumanism and the Body: The World Religions Speak (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014) 155-172.

"7 Reasons for Doing Virtue Ethics Today," Kathryn Getek Soltis and William Werpehowski, Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives  (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014) 3-18.

“The Style of Virtue Ethics,” End McDonagh, ed., Performing the Word: Festschrift for Ronan Drury (Dublin: Columba, 2014) 215-221.

“Spirituality and Ethics in the US: An Emerging History,”  Studien der Moraltheologie  Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Fall 2014.

“The Decalogue and the Moral Manual Tradition: From Trent to Vatican II,”  Dominik Markl, ed., The Decalogue and its Cultural Influence (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2013) 214-229.

“Enhancing Prosthetics for Soldiers Returning from Combat with Disabilities: Theological Ethical Considerations on the War Industry’s Impact on Bioethics,” ET Studies: 4.1 (2013) 69-88.

“Pope Francis and the Local Church: A Hope-filled Future for Moral Theology,” John Chathanatt, ed., Unto the Margins: Pope Francis and His Challenges (Bangalore: Claretian Publishhers, 2013) 78-90.


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