Faculty Experts - Kathleen Grimes, PhD

Kathleen M. Grimes, PhD

Kathleen M. Grimes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Christian Ethics 
  • Racism, White Supremacy and the Catholic Church
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics


Dr. Grimes is a solid source for discussions about Christian ethics and their bearing on issues such as racism, white supremacy, sex and gender, and the environment. She can talk about how these and other issues have been handled historically and how they are being approached currently in the Church, as well as by society at large. Dr. Grimes can also speak about liberation theology, natural law and virtue theory. 


  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

  • Grimes, K. M., Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery. Fortress, 2017.
  • Grimes, K.M., “Christ Divided:" The Church and the Corporate Vice of Anti-Blackness. Fortress Press, 2017
  • Grimes, K.M., “Black Exceptionalism: Anti-Blackness Supremacy in the Afterlife of Slavery.” in eds. Vincent Lloyd and Andrew Prevot, Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics, Orbis Press, 2017.
  • Grimes, K. M.,” Being Good, Doing Bad? Virtue Ethics and Sexual Orientation.” Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table. Paulist Press, 2015.

Research in Progress:

  • "Liberation Theology and the Afterlife of Slavery", Writing   Results, Scholarly.
  • "Racial Segregation in the Archdiocese of Chicago",      Writing Results, Scholarly.
  • “Freedom Without Mastership,” Writing Results,               Scholarly.

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