Environmental Studies

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Associate Professor of Religion

253-535-7239 (office)



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Chair of Environmental Studies


Ph.D. in Ethics and Society, Emory University, 2006

M.A. in Theology, Union Theological Seminary, 2001

B.A. in Religion, Earlham College, 1999


Kevin J. O'Brien is chair of the Environmental Studies program, and teaches courses in Christian ecological ethics and religion and environment. He also teaches comparative ethics and Christian ethics in the religion department. Every course emphasizing the importance of thinking critically about contemporary moral issues. His research focuses on the interconnections between religious faith and social justice, human ethics and environmental concerns, scientific data and moral commitments. He is the author of the book An Ethics of Biodiversity: Christianity, Ecology, and the Variety of Life (Georgetown, 2010) and co-editor of the books Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to Religion and Ecology (Routledge, 2010) and Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology (Pickwick, 2011). His next co-authored book, An Introduction to Christian Environmentalism, will be published by Baylor University Press in November of 2014.

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