Christina G. McRorie, PhD
Christina G. McRorie, PhD

Christina G. McRorie, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Theology


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Theological Ethics


Christina McRorie is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the Department of Theology. She received her PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in 2016. McRorie also holds a MAR in Christian ethics from Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Pepperdine University. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Research Affiliate Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at George Mason University. McRorie has published her scholarship in the Journal of Religious Ethics, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and The Hedgehog Review.


Publications and Presentations


  • "The Relationship of Morals and Markets Today: A Review of Recent Scholarship on the Culture of Economic Life,” (co-authored, available here) , Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 99.2 (May 2016), 136-170, 2016
  • "Rethinking Moral Agency in Markets: A Book Discussion on Behavioral Economics" (available here), Journal of Religious Ethics, 44.1 (March 2016), 195-226, 2016
  • "Adam Smith, Ethicist: A Case for Reading Political Economy as Moral Anthropology” (available here), Journal of Religious Ethics, 43.3 (December 2015), 674-696, 2015
  • (with Charles Mathewes) "Human Freedom and the Art of Nudging", The Hedgehog Review, 2014


  • “How Feminist Economics Can Improve Both the Study of Religion and Religious Reflection.” Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group. American Academy of Religion: Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. November 2016., 2016
  • “Do We Need Justice or Mercy in International Pharmaceutical Markets?” Bioethics and Healthcare Topic Session. Catholic Theological Society of America: Annual Convention. San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 2016., 2016
  • “Capitalism, Economics, and the Need for Adaptation in Christian Ethics.” Society of Christian Ethics: Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. January 2016., 2016
  • “Aquinas on (Intellectual) Property: A Natural Law Argument Concerning Pharmaceutical Patents for HIV Medications.” Bioethics and Religion Group. American Academy of Religion: Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. November 2015., 2015
  • Invited. "The Complicity of Economic Knowledge." Princeton University, Center for the Study of Religion: "Faith and Work in the New Economy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Religion and Work." Princeton, NJ. June 2015., 2015
  • Invited. "_Theory of Moral Sentiments_, We Hardly Knew Ye: Some Thoughts on Living in Post-Smithian Disciplines." UCLA, Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions, Commercial Republic Project: "Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of Market Society." Los Angeles, CA. May 2015., 2015
  • “Consuming Generously: A Case for Political Consumerism as a Practice of ‘Generous Solidarity.’” Ecclesiological Investigations Group. American Academy of Religion: Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. November 2014., 2014
  • “What Do We Mean by ‘Capitalism’? Using Feminist Economics to Make Sense of Ethics in Capitalism.” New England Anglican Studies Conference at Harvard Divinity School: “Christianity and Capitalism.” Cambridge, MA. April 2014., 2014
  • “Wishing for the Simplicity of Science: The Advance of the Autonomous Actor in Early Modern Political Economy (And the Retreat of the Complex Religious Subject).” Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School: “Ways of Knowing.” Cambridge, MA. October 2013., 2013
  • “Should Political Economy be within the Bounds of “Tradition”? A Case for Reclaiming Adam Smith as a Theological Interlocutor.” Graduate Conference on Theology at Duke Divinity School: “Tradition and Traditions.” Durham, NC. October 2013., 2013
  • “Divine Economics? Exploring Suffering, Giving, and Grace in the Trinitarian Theo-Economic Visions of M. Douglas Meeks and Kathryn Tanner.” Ethics, Religion, and Society Group. American Academy of Religion: Southeastern Regional Meeting. March 2012., 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Christian thought; religious ethics in the Abrahamic traditions; political economy, and the history and philosophy of economics; capitalism; and moral agency

Current Research Projects

  • McRorie's current research addresses the context that contemporary global capitalism presents for moral agency, and how different modes of representing economic activity influence moral reflection on economic themes.

Grant Funding Received

  • Project Grant, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, for “Markets and Morals: An Interdisciplinary Symposium”
  • Young Scholar Initiative Project Grant, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), for “Markets and Moral: An Interdisciplinary Symposium” (with Brent Cebul, Stephen Macekura, and Julia Ticona)