A Catholic theological ethicist possessing previous professional experience in law enforcement (initially corrections and then policing), campus ministry, and youth ministry, Tobias Winright seeks to equip and encourage students and others to think theologically and to inform their consciences about morality and issues of the day. While he teaches in the area of fundamental moral theology, most of his courses and publications theologically address social and political questions such as war and peace, environmental ethics, economic justice, and issues in criminal justice.
He has coauthored a book (with Mark J. Allman), After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice, which was published in 2010 by Orbis Books, and he has edited and contributed to (with 20 other contributors) a textbook, Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment, published in 2011 by Anselm Academic. Most recently he coedited (with Margaret Pfeil) Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: “They Shall Be Called Children of God,” College Theology Society Annual Volume 57, 2011, published by Orbis Books in 2012. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles, the latter of which have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics, the Josephinum Journal of Theology, Worship, The Ecumenical Review, and Criminal Justice Ethics. In addition, he has written popular articles for the Christian Century, Commoweal, The Tablet, Sojourners, The Cresset, and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He is the book reviews editor for the international journal, Political Theology, and he is co-editor (with Mark Allman) of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. At Saint Louis University, he served as Director of the Ethics across the Curriculum Program, and he currently is the Director of the Manresa Program in Catholic, Jesuit Studies.
He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida and an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School. His Ph.D. in Christian Ethics/Moral Theology is from the University of Notre Dame. In 2005 he moved to Saint Louis University, where he is associate professor of theological ethics, following several years of teaching religious ethics at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (1998-2003) and moral theology at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio (2003-2005). He and Liz have two daughters.