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 her first two 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). Professor Cline's work is interdisciplinary, engaging not only her home discipline of philosophy but religious studies and theology as well--something that is particularly apparent in her third book, A World on Fire: Sharing the Ignation Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions (forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press), which puts Asian traditions into conversation with the Ignation tradition.

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