James Bailey, Ph.D.Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Theology
Education:Ph.D., Theological Ethics, Boston College, 1999
M.A., Religion, Yale University, 1989
B.A., Biology, English, Philosophy, Religion, William Jewell College, 1984
Dr. Bailey's research interests are in the area of social ethics. His dissertation, "Transforming the Liberal-Communitarian Debate: Jacques Maritain's Vision of Self in Community," written under the direction of David Hollenbach, examined the challenge that pluralism poses to our ability to articulate a strong and common basis for the promotion of human flourishing.
His book titled Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition has been published by University of Notre Dame Press (see below). His most recent research project focuses on new and more effective ways of alleviating poverty, and has published articles related to this topic in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Journal for the Study of Catholic Social Thought (see below).
Dr. Bailey has presented papers at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Ethics in the World Church conference (in Padua, Italy). He has been a convener of the "Ethics and Political Economy Interest" Group of the Society of Christian Ethics since 2004. He also served as the Special Assistant to the Planning Committee and to the New Scholars Committee for the Catholic Ethics in the World Church Conference, held in Trento, Italy in 2010.
Dr. Bailey is the Theology Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Health Care Ethics
War and Peace in Christian Perspective
Religion and Politics
Foundations of Moral Theology
Catholic Social Thought
Contemporary Perspectives on the Common Good
Contemporary Theories of Justice
American Academy of Religion
Society of Christian Ethics
Catholic Theological Society of America
College Theology Society
Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010)
"The Preferential Option for the Poor and Asset Building: Using Public Policy to Expand Ownership to the Poor," Journal of Catholic Social Thought 5 (2008): 81-98. [pdf]
"Asset Development for the Poor," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 24 (2004): 51-72. [pdf]