William Joseph Werpehowski


Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Catholic Theology


Department of Theology
General profile


Professor William Werpehowski studies modern Catholic and Protestant theological and moral traditions. His specific interests include the relation between virtues, emotions, and the norm of Christian love; modern Catholic social teaching and public theology; just war theory, nonviolence, and peace building; American Protestant ethics; the theological ethics of Karl Barth and their continuing significance; biomedical ethics; and Christian ethics, forgiveness, and the care of children.

A former president of the Society of Christian Ethics, Professor Werpehowski worked at Villanova University for over three decades before joining the Georgetown faculty, and directed its Center for Peace and Justice Education from 1999-2010.


  • PhD (1981) Yale University, Religious Studies