Dr. James Bailey

James Bailey

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Theology

Fisher 614
Phone: 412.396.4087


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 received his Master's degree from Yale University and Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. The focus of his teaching and research is in the area of social ethics. His publications have addressed a range of moral questions including: economic justice, just war theory, health care ethics, the common good, employee unions, and poverty. His most recent book, published by the University Notre Dame Press, is called Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition

Dr. Bailey has presented papers at national and international academic conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, College Theology Society, Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Catholic Ethics in the World Church Conference. He has been invited to speak in a variety of contexts including, most recently, the William H. Furr Dialogue on Religion Series at the University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi, the Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology at Gannon University in Erie, PA, and the keynote address at the Inaugural Symposium on Markets and Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bailey is on the Editorial Board of Religious Studies Review, serves as the convener of the "Ethics and Political Economy Interest Group" of the Society of Christian Ethics, and currently serves as an Officer and Executive Committee member in Duquesne's Faculty Senate.

Theological Ethics
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
Professional Affiliations
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]