Brian Hamilton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion
Director of the College Honors Program

My main goal in teaching Christian ethics is to help students take responsibility for their own religious commitments—and to understand those of others—in view of the real challenges facing the worlds they live in. To do this, I work to form students in three key intellectual disciplines: careful reading of the sources of their own traditions, alertness to the changing shape of the world around them, and active openness to new perspectives.

- Brian Hamilton

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Brian Hamilton studies and teaches in the areas of social ethics and the history of Christian political thought. He focuses particularly on issues of economic ethics, sexual ethics, and the ethics of violence. Right now, he is working on a book about the experience of moral failure. Since 2018, he has also been the director of the College Honors Program.


PhD in Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
MTS in History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame
BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, Messiah College


  • Presidential Fellow, University of Notre Dame (2009–14)
  • Lilly Graduate Fellow (2009–12)

Honors and Awards

  • Excellent Teacher Award, United Methodist General Board of Education (2017)
  • Faculty of the Month Award, Student Government Association, Florida Southern College (2017)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, National Society of Leadership and Success, Florida Southern College (2016)
  • Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, University of Notre Dame Graduate School and Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning (2014)
  • Lilly Graduate Fellow - 2009–2012

Publications and Exhibitions

Journal articles

“Navigating Moral Struggle: Towards a Social Model of Exemplarity,” Journal of Religious Ethics 47, no. 3 (2019).

“The Politics of Poverty: A Contribution to a Franciscan Political Theology,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35, no. 1 (2015).

Book chapters

“The Ground of Perfection: Michael Sattler on ‘the Body of Christ.” In New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology. Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2010.

Book reviews

Review of Giorgio Agamben, The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life, trans. Adam Kotsko. Modern Theology 31, no. 2 (2015).

Review of Daniel Finn, ed., The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate; and James Bailey, Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition, in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34, no. 2 (2014).

Review of Paul G. Doerksen and Karl Koop, eds., The Church Made Strange for the Nations: Essays in Ecclesiology and Political Theology, in Conrad Grebel Review 31, no. 1 (2013).