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LAURA STIVERS, Ph.DLaura Stivers

Associate Professor
Chair, Graduate Humanities
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Expert in homelessness, poverty, and inequality


  • Homelessness, poverty, and inequality from a values standpoint
  • Environmental philosophy and ethical issues
  • Social justice — issues around race, class, gender
  • Christian ethics and theology
  • Feminist philosophy and ethics


Selected Publications


  • Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Fourth Edition, by Laura Stivers, Jim Martin Schramm, and Christine Gudorf. Maryknoll, New York:  Orbis Books (forthcoming spring 2012).
  • Justice in a Global Economy: Strategies for Home, Community, and World, edited by Laura Stivers, Pamela Brubaker, and Rebecca Todd Peters. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2006. Chosen “Outstanding Title of 2007” by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, v.45, no. 05, January 2008.


  • “Economic Ethics,” in Liberative Ethics, edited by Miquel de la Torre. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press (forthcoming spring 2012).
  • “Water as Earth’s Bloodstream or Commodity? Latina Ecofeminist Responses,” in Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency, edited by Timothy Hessel-Robinson and Ray Maria McNamara. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011.
  • “A Sense of Place in a Globalized World:  Place-Based Organizing for Corporate Accountability” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, volume 27.1 (Spring/Summer 2007):  95–112.

Additional Information

  • Dean of the School of Religion, Pfeiffer University, 2008–2010
  • President, American Academy of Religion of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, 2010-11
  • Co-chair of the Ethics Section, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, 2002–08
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2005–08

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