Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, PhD

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Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology


PhD in Theology, The University of Notre Dame
MTS, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University
JD, The University of Texas School of Law
BA in English and History, Rice University

Curriculum Vitae

Get to Know Dr. Kincaid

Dr. Kincaid teaches courses in fundamental and applied Moral Theology and Christian Ethics, as well as courses on political theology, justice, the common good, and professional ethics. Her research interests include Thomistic virtue ethics, natural law, Catholic Social Teaching, work and vocation, and the Spanish Scholastics. Dr. Kincaid is especially excited about exploring the relationship between law, business ethics, and moral theology, as well as connecting moral theology to on-the-ground challenges in parishes and professional settings. Her current projects include a monograph retrieving Francisco Suárez, SJ’s theological jurisprudence and a textbook on virtue and professional ethics.

Dr. Kincaid’s ecclesial involvement includes service on the local and national level. During her doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, she was selected as an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Corporation of the Anglican Theological Review. Dr. Kincaid has written popular articles and blog posts for publications such as The Living Church, Christianity Today, and America Magazine. She is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and ecclesial events.

Dr. Kincaid grew up in Dallas, Texas. Before beginning her studies in theology, she practiced law, worked in private equity, and served as a campus minister for graduate students. These professional experiences inform both her teaching and her research. She is married to Fr. Thomas Kincaid, and they have two children.

Selected Publications

  • Articles and Book Chapters
    • "Magisterial Authority and Competing Theories of Natural Law in Calvin’s Institutes.” The Scottish Journal of Theology, forthcoming.

    • “Are Rights Really So Wrong? A Response to Nigel Biggar’s What’s Wrong with Rights?” The Anglican Theological Review, forthcoming.

    • “Natural Law And Cultural Difference: Innovations in Spanish Scholasticism.” In Innovations in Early Modern Catholic Thought. Edited by Ulrich L. Lehner. London: Routledge Press, forthcoming

    • “Natural Law.” With Ebenezer Akesseh and David A. Clairmont. In Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021.

    • “‘Good, Rich, or Secure?’ Spanish Scholasticism and Law’s Development of Virtue.” Bajo Palabra, No. 26 (June 2021): 123 - 140.

    • “Vocation and Work.” In T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics, 383 - 390. Edited by Tobias Winright. London: T&T Clark, 2021.

    • “Professional Ethics and the Recovery of Virtue.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics Vol. 40, No. 1 (2020): 21 – 37.

    • “Aquinas, Pinckaers and the Role of the New Law in a Doctrine of Political Equity.” Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 2019): 114 – 133.

    • "Settling Law: Suárez’s Theory of Custom for Contemporary Contexts.” In Francisco Suárez (1548 – 1616): Jesuits and the Complexities of Modernity, 178 - 204. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2019.

    • “‘Sharers in the Divine Image’: Francisco Suárez and the Justification of Female Political Authority.” Political Theology, Vol. 19, No. 4 (March 2018): 331 – 348.