Willis Jenkins

Willis Jenkins is Professor of Religion, Ethics & Environment at the University of Virginia, where he is also Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics. Jenkins studies how religious traditions interpret social questions, with a particular interest in intersections of religious ethics and environmental questions. He teaches and writes about the ethics of climate change, the ethics of food, the relation of Christian theology to modern environmental problems, and other questions attending moral life in the Anthropocene. Currently, he is also directing an environmental humanities lab that develops transdisciplinary reflections on coastal change at UVA’s NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research site.

Jenkins is the author of two award-winning books: Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Oxford 2008), which won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity (Georgetown 2013), which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2017), as well as author of recent articles on plutocracy, on virtue ethics in climate discourse, and on Pope Francis – among other topics. He is currently writing a book on how the ethics of food matters for post- natural environmental thought.

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