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Ph.D., Theology, Boston College, 2008
M.A., Theology, Catholic Theological Union, 2004
A.B., History, Princeton University, 1998

Courses, Scholarship & Presentations

UCOR 143 Global and Cultural Perspectives

UCOR 152 Theological Ethics

THEO 248 Religion and Ecology

THEO 261 Christian Social Ethics

IHP 261 Honors Christian Social Ethics

IHP 145 Honors: Theological Ethics for a Sustainable World

THEO 541 Theological Ethics (Masters Level)

THEO 694 Doctoral Seminar in Ecological Ethics

Doctoral Seminar in Comparative Theological Ethics


Dr. Scheid's research interests are in ecological ethics and comparative theology.


The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

"Catholic Cosmic Common Good, Buddhist Interdependence, and the Practice of Interreligious Ecological Ethics," in The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, 16, 2015: 72-80.

"Co-Creator or Creative Predator? James Nash's Contributions to Catholic Social Teaching on Ecological Ethics" in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, ed. Christopher Key Chapple, 18 (2014): 99-121.

Bidlack, Brecht, Krokus, Scheid, Locklin. "Teaching Comparative Theology from an Institution's Mission," Teaching Theology and Religion, Volume 17, Issue 4, October 2014: 369-387.
Scheid. "Teaching Comparative Theology from an Institution's Mission: A Spiritan Perspective," Teaching Theology and Religion, Volume 17, Issue 4, October 2014: 379-382.

"Common Good: Human, or Cosmic?" Journal of Religion & Society, Supplement Series 9: "The Greening of the Papacy," edited by Ronald A. Simkins and John J. O'Keefe (The Kripke Center: 2013, 5-15.

"Just Peacemaking Theory and the Promotion of Dignified Subsistence," in Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (College Theology Society Annual Volume 2011), eds. Margaret R. Pfeil and Tobias L. Winright (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012): 175-189.

"Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Thomistic Tradition, and the Cosmic Common Good," in Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics & the Environment. Ed. Tobias Winwright (Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2011): 129-147.

"Thomas Aquinas, the Cosmic Common Good, and Climate Change," in Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives. Ed. Jame Schaefer (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2011): 125-144.

"Expanding Catholic Ecological Ethics: Ecological Solidarity and Earth Rights" in Religion, Economics, and Culture in Conflict and Conversation (College Theology Society Annual Volume 2010), eds. Laurie Cassidy and Maureen O'Connell (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011): 196-216.

"Vedānta Deśika and Thomas Aquinas on the Intrinsic Value of Nature" in the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 18 (2010): 27-42.

"Common Good," in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol.1 The Spirit of Sustainability. Ed. Willis Jenkins (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, October 2009): 71-72.

Recent Conference Presentations

"Rethinking Progress Through the Voice of Puerto Ricans." Catholic Theological Society of America, San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 2016.

"God at Play in Creation: Resources for Christian Ecological Ethics in Hindu Lila (Play) and Bhoga (Pleasure)," Society of Christian Ethics, Toronto, Canada. January 2016.

"Just Sustainability and Its Implications for Cross-Cultural Pedagogy," College Theology Society, Portland, OR. June 2015.

"Pope Francis and the First Encyclical on Ecology: Solidarity, The Common Good, and The Preferential Option for the Poor," College Theology Society, Portland, OR. June 2015.

"Catholic Common Good, Buddhist Interdependence, and the Practice of Interreligious Ecological Ethics," American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA. November 2014

"Catholic Theology and Catholic Engagement in Contemporary Environmental Issues: A Primer in Catholic Social Teaching," Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Steubenville, OH. October 2013

"All My Relations: A Critical Appreciation of Lakota Spirituality for Christian Ecological Ethics," Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, IL. January 2013

"Teaching Comparative Theology from an Institution's Spirituality and Mission: A Spiritan Perspective," Panel participant, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL. November 2012.

"Alongside Waterfalls: Thomas Berry and the Sacramentality of the Universe," Catholic Theological Society of America, St. Louis, MO. June 2012


Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Department of Theology