Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, PhD

Job Title: 

Assistant Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology




Ph.D. in Theology, The University of Notre Dame M.T.S., Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University J.D., The University of Texas School of Law B.A., Rice University


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. Her research interests includes Thomistic virtue ethics, natural law, Catholic Social Teaching, questions of 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. She is currently at work on a monograph retrieving the theological jurisprudence of Francisco Suárez, SJ for contemporary application. In addition to her scholarly articles, Dr. Kincaid has also written articles for The Living Church and Christianity Today. She is a frequent speaker at academic and ecclesial conferences.  She is married to the Rev. Thomas Kincaid and has two children.



Refereed Journal Articles:

  • “Professional Ethics and the Recovery of Virtue.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Spring/Summer 2020 – Publication Forthcoming)
  • “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.
  • “ ‘Sharers in the Divine Image’: Francisco Suárez and the Justification of Female Political Authority.” Political Theology, Vol. 19, No. 4 (March 2018): 331 – 348.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

  • “Vocation and Work.” T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics. (Publication Forthcoming) 
  • “Natural Law And Cultural Difference: Innovations in Spanish Scholasticism.” Innovations in Early Modern Catholic Thought. Ed. by Ulrich L. Lehner (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020 – Publication Forthcoming)
  • “Natural Law.” Co-Authored with David Clairmont and Ebenezer Akesseh. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics. (Publication Forthcoming)
  • “Settling Law: Suárez’s Theory of Custom for Contemporary Contexts.” In Francisco Suárez (1548 – 1616): Jesuits and the Complexities of Modernity. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2019) 




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