Erin M Cline


Associate Professor


Department of Theology
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Professor Cline specializes in Chinese and comparative philosophy and religion, with a particular focus on early Chinese ethical, religious, and political thought. Much of her work begins with the study of classical Chinese texts and brings traditional Chinese thought into conversation with contemporary Western ethics through comparative study. This approach is seen in both of her books: Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice (Fordham University Press, 2013) and Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Columbia University Press, 2015).

In addition to her work in the Theology Department, Professor Cline is an Associate Member of the Philosophy Department and a member of its Primary Dissertation Faculty, a member of the Asian Studies faculty, and a Faculty Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Before coming to Georgetown, she held a joint appointment in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon.

Professor Cline lives in suburban Maryland with her husband (who also teaches at Georgetown) and their three young children.


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  • Ph.D. (2006) Baylor University, Philosophy
  • Visiting Scholar (2004-2005) Brown University, Religious Studies
  • M.A. (2003) Baylor University, Philosophy
  • B.S. (2001) Belmont University, Philosophy