Department ofReligion

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

253-535-7239 (office)



Christian Social Ethics & Environmental Ethics


B.A. in Religion, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, 1999

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

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


Kevin J. O'Brien teaches courses in Christian ethics, comparative ethics, and environmental ethics. In addition to the Department of Religion, he teaches in the International Honors and the Environmental Studies programs, with every course emphasizing the importance of thinking critically about contemporary moral issues. His current research focuses on the intersection between the Christian peace tradition and contemporary environmentalism. He is author of the book An Ethics of Biodiversity: Christianity, Ecology, and the Variety of Life (Georgetown, 2010) and co-editor of the textbook Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to Religion and Ecology (Routledge, 2010).