Elisabeth Kincaid, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology


  • B.A. in English and History from Rice University in 2002
  • J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005
  • M.T.S. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2012
  • Ph.D. in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame in 2018

Current courses:

  • Justice and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Use of Philosophy in Theology
  • Foundations of Morality
  • Prima Pars: God and Creation

Recent Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “‘Sharers in the Divine Image’: Francisco Suárez and the Justification of Female Political Authority.” Political Theology (March 2018).

Recent Presentations

  • “Francisco Suárez and the Power of Custom for Positive Lawmaking.” International Symposium on Jesuit Studies. Seville, Spain. June 2018.
  • “Aquinas, Pinckaers, and the Role of the New Law in a Doctrine of Political Equity.” Symposium on the Moral Theology of Servais Pinckaers, O.P. South Bend, IN. May 2018.
  •  “ ‘Obedience the Remedy’: John Henry Newman and the Development of Christian Holiness.” Anglo-Catholicism: Recovering Roots. Boston, MA. November 2017.
  •  “The Rule of the Just and the Unjust: Reclaiming Francisco Suarez's Theological Jurisprudence as a Tool for Legal Reform.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 2017.
  • “Legal Interpretation as a Tool for Justice: Francisco Suárez and the Sanctuary Movement.” The American Academy of Religion National Meeting. San Antonio, Texas. November 2016.
  • “Francisco Suárez and the Attempt to Avoid Adverse Effects of Resistance.” Symposium on “Daño Collateral: La responsibilidad ética y juridical por los efectos malos indirectos” at the School of Law of the Pontifical University of Chile. Santiago, Chile. May 2016.
  • "Resistance or Obedience? Seeking New Modes for Legal Engagement in a Diverse World.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, Texas. March 2016.
  • “The Power of Religious Narrative: The Functional Application of Paul Ricoeur in Creating Spaces for Justice.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Annual Conference. Charlottesville, Virginia. March 2014.
  • “Risk and Responsibility: Channels of Religion and Morality in Contemporary Ecclesiastical Investment Practices” (co-authored with Professor David Clairmont). Markets, Justice and the Law Symposium sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Chicago, Illinois. May 2013.


Dr. Kincaid grew up in Dallas, Texas.  Before beginning her studies in theology, she practiced law, worked in private equity, and served as a campus minister for graduate students. These professional experiences inform both her teaching and research interests. She is excited about exploring the relationship between law, business ethics, and moral theology, as well as connecting moral theology to on-the-ground challenges in parishes and professional settings. She is married to the Rev. Thomas Kincaid and has two children.