Named Professorships

Gerald P.  McKenny

Gerald P. McKenny

Walter Professor of Theology

McKenny teaches and writes on Christian ethics and the ethics of biotechnology. He is the author of To Relieve the Human Condition (SUNY Press, 1997), a Choice Outstanding Book, The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barth’s Moral Theology (Oxford University Press, 2010), the article “Biotechnology and the Normative Significance of Human Nature: A Contribution from Theological Anthropology,” Studies in Christian Ethics 26 (2013): 18-36, and about thirty-five additional articles and book chapters in Christian ethics, biomedical ethics, the ethics of biotechnology, religious ethics, and the philosophy of medicine. He is co-editor of three books, including The Ethical (Blackwell, 2003) and Altering Nature (two volumes) (Springer, 2008). He is nearing the completion of a book on Christian ethics and biotechnology and has begun work on another book on eschatological political theology. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2001 McKenny taught at Rice University, where he served as chair of the Department of Religious Studies and as co-director of a PhD program in health care ethics linking Rice with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. At Notre Dame he served as director of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values for eight years.

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Originally the Crowley-O’Brien-Walter Professorship in Roman Catholic Theology, this position was established in 1975, through a joint benefaction of the O’Brien Corporation, its president, Jerome J. Crowley, and the Alfreda Walter estate. Walter was the widow of M. Emmett Walter (’14, ’15), whom this professorship now honors.