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Mary Jo Iozzio

professor of moral theology

Mary Jo Iozzio

Contact Information | 617-552-6523
Simboli Hall 329


B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Fordham)

Areas of Interest

Fundamental moral theology; Catholic social ethics; social justice (with special interest in disability studies, anti-racism, and access to health, education, and economic stability); feminist ethics; virtue ethics; and content and context-attentive theological ethics.


Mary Jo Iozzio, PhD, earned her doctorate in Systematic Theology with a focus on Moral Theology from Fordham University (1994); and, in an earlier program of graduate studies at Fordham, she earned the MA in the History of Religions (1984). In between these studies she earned an MA in Biblical Studies from Providence College (1987). Before coming to the STM, she was Professor of Moral Theology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL (1993-2013), and adjunct instructor at Fordham University, Providence College, and the University of Rhode Island. She has been formed by both religious and secular education systems:  the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, NY, who ran St. Mary School, and John F. Kennedy P.H.S. in Paterson, NJ, and the Pennsylvania State University (BA Ancient History, 1977). Her personal and professional life have been marked —happily she adds—by the Jesuits, Dominicans, and Benedictines (whose monks welcomed her into their daily life at the Abbaye du Mont Cesar/Abdij Keizersberg, Leuven, Belgium).

She is the Series Editor of Content and Context in Theological Ethics, published by Palgrave Macmillan; Capo/Coordinator of and Contributor to the North American Forum of The First (newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethicists in the World Church); past Co-Editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics; and guest editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health; and guest editor of the Journal of Moral Theology.

She serves as inaugural member on the American Academy of Religion, Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession and as co-chair of its Religion and Disability Studies Group; as a public member on the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Board of Directors; as a member of the Bon Secours Health System Inc, Ethics Advisory Group; as an elected member on the Catholic Theological Society of America; as an appointed member of the Society of Christian Ethics, Professional Conduct Committee.


Fall 2015
Introduction to Catholic Social Ethics (TMCE 7008)
Relational Ethics: Body, Gender, and Sexuality (TMCE 8062)

Spring 2016
Social Ethics in Feminist Perspective (TMCE 8063)
Social Sin: Responsibility and Justice (TMCE 8546)

Other Courses
Disability Studies and Theological Ethics
Critical Contemporary Ethical Issues
Social Justice and the Bible
The Virtues and Catholic Social Teaching
Theological Critiques From the Margin