• Ph.D., Catholic Ethics, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2001
  • M.A., Catholic Theology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1996
  • B.A., Mathematics and Philosophy, Berea College, Berea, KY, 1993


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

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.

The Green Mister Rogers: Environmentalism in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. University Press of Mississippi, 2022. Co-authored with Sara Lindey.

Love, Sex, and Families: Catholic Perspectives. Liturgical Press, 2020. Co-Editor with Julie Hanlon Rubio. **Won Catholic Media Association’s 2021 first place award in Marriage and Family Living & Association of Catholic Press’ 2021 first place award in Theology.

Faith with Benefits: Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses. Oxford University Press, 2017.

God has Begun a Great Work in Us: The Embodiment of Love in Contemporary Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements (Annual Volume of the College Theology Society). Orbis, 2015. Co-Editor with Shannon Schrein. **Won the 2016 Catholic Press Award, Gender Issues, Third Place.

Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman’s Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials. Jossey-Bass, 2007. Co-authored with Donna Freitas.

Save the Date: A Spirituality of Love, Dating, Dinner, and the Divine. Crossroads, 2003. Co-authored with Donna Freitas.


“Rethinking the Work of the Theologian in the Pandemic’s Wake,” Horizons 50.1 (2023): 1-31, doi: 10.1017/hor.2023.5. Co-authored with Kathy Lilla Cox.  

“The Pandemic, Contingent Faculty, and Catholic Colleges and Universities.” Academic Labor: Research and Artistry 6.1 (2022): 60-71.  Co-authored with Andrew Herr and Julia Cavallo. 

“Theological Education and the Dangers of Mentoring,” The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Reimagining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications.  College Theology Society Annual Volume 67, Jessica Coblentz and Daniel Horan, eds. (New York: Orbis Books, 2022) 116-119.  

“The Demanding Theology of Mister Rogers,” New Blackfriars 103.1103 (2022) 62-76, doi: 10.1111/nbfr.12651.

“Parenting for Environmental Care,” Human Families: Identities, Relationships, and Responsibilities.  College Theology Society Annual Volume 66 (2020) 124-135. 

“What Chairs Can Do for Contingent Faculty,” Journal of Catholic Higher Education 38.2 (2019) 177-192. 

“Appalachia and Laudato Si’: Developing the Connection between the Poor and the Environment,” Horizons 46.2 (2019) 246-269. 

“Mister Rogers’ Environmentalism: Children’s Spirituality in a Trash Apocalypse,” International Journal of Children’s Spirituality 24.2 (2019) 155-165.  

“Does Service and Volunteering Affect Catholic Identity?” Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice 1.2 (2018) 104-122. Co-authored with Andrew Herr. 

“Does Catholic Identity Affect Students?” Journal of Catholic Higher Education 34.2 (2015) 195-209.  Co-authored with Andrew Herr.  

“Feelings and Decision Making.” New Blackfriars 97.1067 (2015) 39-51. 

“Trying Not to ‘Shove Religion Down Their Throats.’” Religious Education 110.2 (2015) 198-211.  

“Student Perception of and Role in Determining Catholic Identity.” Journal of Catholic Higher Education 33.2 (2014) 261-278.  

“The Exercise of Obedience and Authority in the Rule of Saint Benedict.” American Benedictine Review 65.3 (2014) 257-270.  

“Ecumenical Marriage as Leaven for Christian Unity.”  Journal of Ecumenical Studies 42 (2007) 253-263.

“Vatican II’s Ecclesiology and the Sexual Abuse Scandal.”  Vatican II: Forty Years Later.  College Theology Society Annual Volume 51 (2005) 145-162.

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