Ph.D. Candidates

Aaron K. Stauffer

Field of Study: Christian Ethics

Contact Info:

M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
B.A., St. Olaf College



Research Focus:
Aaron’s work is a critical and historical study of Christian social ethical thought of the liberal theological and democratic tradition. Aaron’s project is grounded in revitalizing liberalism as a radically democratic tradition while also deeply informed by racial, gender, & postcolonial analysis. Aaron’s work draws heavily from the fields of Christian social ethics, political theology, and political philosophy.

Background & Activities:
Aaron most recently was the Executive Director and then Special Advisor of Religions for Peace USA, where he helped launch a national anti-Islamophobia program based in the southeast, along with organizing national senior religious leaders on issues of common concern such as mass incarceration, immigration and climate change.  Before his doctoral work, Aaron was an organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in San Antonio, Tx.  Aaron is active in his denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been active participant in international ecumenical and interfaith organizations, such as the World Council of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches.

Courses Taught:
Teaching Fellow: American Theological Liberalism, 1805-1930 with Dr. Gary Dorrien
Teaching Fellow: Economics, Ecology, & Ecofeminism with Dr. Gary Dorrien