Faculty Experts - Brett T. Wilmot, Ph.D.

Brett T. Wilmot, Ph.D.

Brett T. Wilmot, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Ethics Program
Villanova University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Religion and Politics
  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Theological Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics


Knowing what is "right" is not always clear cut. Everyday decisions can be fraught with nuance and shades of gray. But, without ethics, a system of moral principles and standards, civilization would collapse. Dr. Wilmot is adept at examining both sides of moral dilemmas to deliver penetrating analyses of the knotty problems of contemporary life. While religion and politics is his specialty, Dr. Wilmot can address the day's most pressing questions from the broad based perspectives of philosophical, theological and environmental ethics.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Divinity School
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Divinity School
  • B.A., Reed College

Selected Publications

  • "Defending Democracy Against Its 'Cultured Despisers': A Critical Consideration of Some Recent Approaches," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Spring/Summer 2006).
  • Review Article: John Witte, Jr., "God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition," Conversations in Religion and Theology, November 2007.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Catherine of Siena Teaching Fellow, Villanova University
  • Senior Manuscript Editor, University of Chicago Press, Journals Division
  • Instructor, Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Writing Prefector, New Collegiate Division, University of Chicago (Environmental Studies)

About Villanova

Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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