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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Tim Carey

theology department

Nicole L. Reibe

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Theology

Stokes N430A
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. 


Graduate Certificate, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 12 November 2012.

Graduate Certificate, Religion and Conflict Transformation, Boston Theological Institute, Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, MA, 12 May 2013.


“The Impact of Vatican II on the Identity of the Church in Africa: The African Synods in Comparative Perspective,” Asian Horizons 7:3 (2013), 452-462.


“Notions of Identity in Kenya: Human Rights, Traditional Religion, and the Constitution of Kenya,” Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 5 June 2014.

‘‘I was sick and you did not visit me…’ Islamic and Christian Approaches to Theological Bioethics,” The Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 8 March 2014.

Panel Moderator, “Respecting the Body,” The Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 8 March 2014.

Panel Chair, “Spirituality: Illness, Trauma, and Bereavement,” The Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Religion, and Spirituality, Indiana State University, Terra Haute, IN, 9 November 2013.

“Islamic Law in Pakistan: Historical Roots and Contemporary Implications of the Hudud Ordinances,” The Annual Conference of the International Consortium of Law and Religious Studies, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 21 August 2013.

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

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

“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.

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

“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.


TH-116104, Religious Quest, Comparative Perspectives
TH-161, Teaching Assistant, Religious Quest, Comparative Perspectives (Prof. James W. Morris), 2013-2014
TH-498, Teaching Assistant, HIV/AIDS and Ethics (Prof. James F. Keenan SJ), Spring 2013
TH-116, Teaching Assistant, Medieval Religions and Thought (Prof. Stephen Brown), Fall 2012