Dr Tobias Winright

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Dr Tobias Winright

Professor of Moral Theology


Contact Details

Email: tobias.winright@spcm.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 708 3507

Office hours: By appointment

Research Interests

  • Fundamental Moral Theology
  • Catholic Social Thought and Teaching
  • Ethics, War, and Peace
  • Bioethics and Health Care Ethics
  • Ecotheology and Environmental Ethics
  • Theology and Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Liturgy and Ethics


Professor Tobias Winright is a Roman Catholic moral theologian with a wide range of teaching and research interests. Formerly a law enforcement officer (initially corrections, then policing, and as an academy ethics instructor) and a lay ecclesial minister (in campus, parish, and youth ministry), he wrote his dissertation on “The Challenge of Policing: An Analysis in Christian Social Ethics” and received his PhD in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. He is currently working on his STL at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He also possesses his MDiv from Duke University Divinity School, his BA in Political Science from the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, and his AA from St. Petersburg College.

He has received several awards for his publications and his teaching. His prior academic appointments include: Saint Louis University (2005-2022), where from 2014 to 2019 he held the Hubert Mäder Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics at the Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics: Walsh University (2003-2005); and Simpson College (1998-2003). Currently, he is also an Associate Member of the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

He is an Associate Editor for Health Care Ethics USA. He was co-editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics from 2012 to 2017. From 2010 to 2015 he also was book review editor for the journal Political Theology. Currently he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought.

He has authored, coauthored, edited, and coedited 7 books, with the most recent being the T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics, published in 2021 by Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, and Serve and Protect: Selected Essays on Just Policing, published in 2020 by Cascade Books. His coauthored book After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice, originally published by Orbis Books in 2011, was republished in 2022, with a new preface, by Wipf & Stock Publishers.

He has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, 65 book reviews, and another 50 popular articles in periodicals and magazines such as The Tablet, America, Commonweal, Sojourners, Christian Century, National Catholic Reporter, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, and Taekwondo Times.

He was Vice President of the College Theology Society from 2019 to 2021. He has served on the boards of the Society of Christian Ethics and the College Theology Society.

He has been married to Elizabeth since 2002, and they have 2 children, Clare Niamh and Lydia Maeve. In his “spare time,” he is a runner and practices taekwondo (black belt, 1st dan).

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