About the Beirne Chair and Director

Jason King, Ph.D., is the Beirne Director of Center for Catholic Studies and Chair in Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. As an undergraduate student, he majored in Mathematics and Philosophy, and graduated from Berea College in Kentucky.

Jason King, Ph.D., Named Beirne Director for St. Mary’s Center for Catholic Studies

“Jason’s deep commitment to the liberal arts and Catholic higher education positions him well to lead the Center and advance the University’s Catholic and Marianist mission and identity,” said President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D. “We believe his enthusiasm and passion for his work will inspire collaboration, innovation, and vibrant campus conversations.”

King has published extensively, including several books. Most recently, he co-authored a book titled, The Green Mister Rogers: Environmentalism in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (University Press of Mississippi) and co-edited the book Love, Sex, and Families: Catholic Perspectives (Liturgical Press) which won the 2021 Association of Catholic Publishers first place award in theology and the 2021 Catholic Media Association Award first place award in marriage and family living. In 2017, he published Faith with Benefits: Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses (Oxford University Press), and in 2016, he received the Catholic Press’ third place award in gender issues for his God Has Begun a Great Work in Us (Orbis). 

King has received several honors for teaching, including the Thoburn Teaching Award at Saint Vincent College and the San Damiano Service Learning Award from Lourdes University. He was a Faculty Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. He has served on boards and committees for the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, College Theology Society, Society of Christian Ethics, as well as New Wine, New Wineskins. He currently serves as Editor Emeritus for the Journal of Moral Theology

He can be reached via email at jking25@stmarytx.edu.  

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