Loyola University Chicago

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

Faculty Advisory Board

William C. French

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Theology
Section Coordinator of Christian Ethics Director of Peace Studies

Office #:  Crown Center 443

Phone: 773.508.2356

Email: wfrench@luc.edu

CV Link: French CV


William French is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He graduated from Dickinson College, received his MDiv degree from Harvard University, and completed his PhD at the University of Chicago. His main research interests are religious ethics, ecological ethics and policies, and war and peace issues. He has written articles and book chapters on such topics as global climate change, land use issues, ecological security, just war theory, the moral status of animals, the Catholic natural tradition, Biblical views of creation, and on comparative religious ethics.

Program Areas

Environmental ethics and creation-oriented theology; War and peace studies

Research Interests

Environmental sustainability, global security, and justice

Selected Publications

  • "With Radical Amazement: Ecology and the Recovery of Creation," in David Albertson and Cabell King, eds., Without Nature: A New Condition for Theology? Fordham University Press, 2008, forthcoming.
  • Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility: Drawing on the Thomistic Tradition, University of St. Thomas Law Journal 5:1 (Winter 2008): 12–36.
  • "Common Ground, Common Skies: Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility," Journal of Ecumenical Studies 42:3 (Summer 2007): 373–388.
  • "Ecology," William Schweiker, ed., A Companion to Religious Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 469–476.
  • "Ecological Security and Policies of Restraint." Christianity and Ecology, ed. Dieter Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), 473–491.