Megan K. McCabe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. McCabe works in the areas of Catholic moral theology, theological ethics, and feminist theologies. Her research and teaching respond to questions of human responsibility for suffering and the correlative duties to work for social transformation. She...

Megan McCabe

Contact Information

  • Humanities Building, Room 329
  • Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • +1 5093136776

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy, 2017
Boston College
Dissertation: “Sex, Power, and Violence on the College Campus: Rape Culture and Complicity in Evil”
Area: Theological Ethics 

Master of Theological Studies, 2010
University of Notre Dame
Area: Moral Theology

Bachelor of Arts, 2008
Fordham University
Major: Theology

Courses Taught

Catholic Social Teaching

Christian Sexual Morality

Feminist Christian Doctrine


Dr. McCabe works in the areas of Catholic moral theology, theological ethics, and feminist theologies. Her research and teaching respond to questions of human responsibility for suffering and the correlative duties to work for social transformation. She engages questions at the intersection of moral theology, social ethics, liberation and political theologies, feminist theologies and ethics, and issues of gender and sexuality. Her current research develops an understanding of “cultures of sin,” specifically in the context of an examination of the problem of the cultural foundation of sexual violence. Her work has been published in the Journal of Religious Ethics and America Magazine and is forthcoming in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is an active member of Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church (CTEWC), the College Theology Society (CTS), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), and the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She is currently co-chairing a five-year seminar at AAR, “Contextualizing the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis,” and co-founded and co-chaired for three years an interest group at the CTSA, “Theology, Sexuality, and Justice: New Frontiers.” 

General Publications

“Create in Me a Just Heart: Treating Pornography as a Structure of Sin.” America, 214 no. 4, February 8, 2016, p. 19-21.

Book Reviews

John Hechinger, True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities, America, [forthcoming].

Nicola Slee, Seeking the Risen Christa. Theology and Sexuality, 17 no. 2. May 2011, p 213-214.

Online Articles and Invited Blog Posts

“Francis, Family, and Feminism: Changing the Conversation around Complementarity. America, April 8, 2016. http://americamagazine.org/issue/article/francis-family-and-feminism.

“Create in Me a Just Heart: Treating Pornography as a Structure of Sin.” America, 214 no. 4, February 8, 2016, p. 19-21. https://www.americamagazine.org/issue/create-me-just-heart

“Can Ephesians 5 Make Abuse Seem Normal.” Sojourners, October 16, 2015. http://sojo.net/articles/troubling-texts-domestic-violence-bible/can-ephesians-5-make-abuse-seem-normal.

“Hookup Culture as Rape Culture: A Shared Complicity.” Daily Theology, September 15, 2015. http://dailytheology.org/2015/09/15/hookup-culture-as-rape-culture-a-shared-complicity/.

Areas: Catholic moral theology, social ethics, feminist theologies and ethics, social ethics, liberation theologies, feminist theologies and ethics, sexual ethics, family ethics,

“Francis, Family, and Feminism: Changing the Conversation around Complementarity. America, April 8, 2016. http://americamagazine.org/issue/article/francis-family-and-feminism.

“Create in Me a Just Heart: Treating Pornography as a Structure of Sin.” America, 214 no. 4, February 8, 2016, p. 19-21. https://www.americamagazine.org/issue/create-me-just-heart

“Can Ephesians 5 Make Abuse Seem Normal.” Sojourners, October 16, 2015. http://sojo.net/articles/troubling-texts-domestic-violence-bible/can-ephesians-5-make-abuse-seem-normal.

“Hookup Culture as Rape Culture: A Shared Complicity.” Daily Theology, September 15, 2015. http://dailytheology.org/2015/09/15/hookup-culture-as-rape-culture-a-shared-complicity/.