Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, PhD

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Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, PhD

Affiliate 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. Elisabeth Rain Kincaid is the Legendre-Soulé Chair in Business Ethics & Director of the Center for Ethics and Economic Justice at Loyola University New Orleans. In her teaching Dr. Kincaid draws upon her years of experience as a white-collar criminal defense attorney and a private equity professional, along with her research in virtue ethics, Jesuit moral theology, and Catholic Social Teaching to explore the challenges facing the ethical business professional today. As the Director of the Center for Ethics and Economic Justice, she is responsible for developing programs which provide Loyola business students the opportunity to pursue further formation in ethics and engage in the promotion of economic justice through study and service.

Dr. Kincaid has published broadly in peer-reviewed journals  including the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Scottish Journal of Theology, and Political Theology, as well as popular publications such as The Living Church, Christianity Today, and America Magazine. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, churches, and professional events. She is currently co-authoring a  textbook on teaching virtue-based business ethics with several colleagues. Her research interests include numerous questions at the intersection of theology, business ethics, and law, as well as natural law theory, virtue ethics, socially responsible investment, Catholic Social Teaching, and early Jesuit economic and legal ethics. She is a Pedagogy Fellow for the Christ and Being Human Project at the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture.

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.