Religious Ethics

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies: Clifton Granbby
Teaching Group in Religious Ethics: Jennifer Herdt (Divinity), Adam Eitel (Divinity), Clifton Granby (Divinity), John Hare (Divinity), Kathryn Tanner (Divinity), Eboni Marshall Turman (Divinity)


The doctoral program in Religious Ethics at Yale has a longstanding and distinguished tradition of training students with equal rigor and commitment in theological ethics, philosophical ethics, and social ethics. Situated within the vibrant conversation that constitutes the contemporary discipline of religious studies, the program draws on the expertise of members of the Graduate Faculty in Religious Studies and members of the faculty of Yale Divinity School. Each student admitted into the program is given five full years of funding to support their course of study. Graduates of the program go on to positions at major research universities, liberal arts colleges, and both denominational and non-denominational seminaries; recent graduates of Yale’s Religious Ethics doctoral program are now faculty members at Duke Divinity School, Fordham University, Princeton University, the University of Chester (UK), the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, and Yale Divinity School, among others.

These guidelines are intended to provide information about the program in Religious Ethics within the Department of Religious Studies: to identify norms and expectations that serve as points of reference from which a program of study can be developed, and also to explain the requirements for the degree in this particular field and the procedures for meeting them. All students must work with the faculty, the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for Ethics, and the Director of Graduate Studies, to define their own particular program. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Ethics faculty early in their academic program to define their needs and to design a course of study that will prepare them for their qualifying examinations and for subsequent work on the dissertation.

Contact Information

The Department of Religious Studies
320 York Street
P.O. Box 208287
New Haven, CT 06520-8287