Faculty Directory

Christina McRorie

Associate Professor of Moral Theology


Christina McRorie is associate professor of moral theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Her research is interdisciplinary, and draws from the Christian tradition, political economy, and economics to consider questions about moral agency and obligation in markets. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Theology and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. From 2020 to 2023 she was a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Inquiries in Christian Theological Anthropology project funded through the John Templeton Foundation.

Christina received her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2016, and before joining Boston College she taught at Creighton University for seven years. She also has experience leading low-income financial empowerment programming, including two years coordinating volunteer tax preparation sites with the Boston EITC Coalition. She is currently at work on a monograph project that uses the theological category of “the world” to examine markets as contexts for moral agency.

Selected Courses

  • Theological Ethics and Global Development
  • Ethics and Spirituality
  • Gender, Race, and Ethics
  • Theological Ethics and the Economy

Selected Publications

“Catholic Social Thought and Reparations,” in Reparations and the Theological Disciplines: Prophetic Voices for Remembrance, Reckoning, and Repair, edited by Michael Barram, Drew Hart, Gimbaya Kettering, and Michael Rhodes. Lexington Books (forthcoming 2023)

“The Anthropology of Liberalism: Smith and Us,” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Volume 41A, special issue on “Religion, the Scottish Enlightenment, and the Rise of Liberalism.” Emerald Publishing (2023)

“Markets as Moral Contexts: An Account Based in Catholic Theological Anthropology,” in Democracy, Religion, and Commerce: Private Markets and the Public Regulation of Religion, edited by Nathan Oman and Kathleen Flake. Routledge (2023)

“Modes of Interpretation (Christianity),” in The Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, edited by William Schweiker et al. Wiley-Blackwell (2022)

“Moral Reasoning in ‘the World,’” Theological Studies 82.2 (2021)

“Liberation Theology and Development Economics: Unlikely Allies?” (co-authored with Annette Davis) Faith & Economics 78 (2021)

“Did the Catholic Church Change its Mind on Usury? Yes, and No,” in Churches and Moral Discernment, Volume 2: Learning From History. Faith and Order Paper 229, World Council of Churches Publications (2021)

“Property, Capitalism, and Economics,” in T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics, edited by Tobias Winright. Bloomsbury (2021)

“Heterodox Economics, Social Ethics, and Inequality: New Tools for Thinking Critically about Markets and Economic Injustices,” Journal of Religious Ethics 47.2 (2019)

“Riba and Usury: A Comparison of Two Arguments about Moral Finance,” Journal of Religion and Society suppl. 16 (2018)

Selected Appointments, Awards, and Grants

Research Fellow, “Collaborative Inquiries in Christian Theological Anthropology,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation, 2020 – 2023

Member, Economics Research Hub, Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge, 2021 – present

Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, 2020

Affiliated Fellow, FA Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, George Mason University, 2016 – 2021