Cathleen Kaveny

Catholic Health Care and American Culture Panel


Darald and Juliet Libby Millennium Professor at Boston College

Monday, June 10
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology at Boston College. She earned her A.B. from Princeton University (summa cum laude), and her J.D. and Ph.D. in ethics from Yale University. Before joining academia she clerked for the Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and spent three years practicing health law at Ropes & Gray in Boston. After teaching for many years at the University of Notre Dame, she joined the faculty of Boston College in 2014. She has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Princeton, and Yale, and has served as the Carey and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She is currently serving as a Phi Beta Kappa Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar for the academic year 2023-2024.

Professor Kaveny's interests lie at the intersection of law, morality and politics in American Life. She is particularly interested in the way Catholic moral teaching and social thought can engage a pluralistic culture such as the United States. Her books include Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Life (2012); Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square (2016), and Ethics at the Edges of Law: Christian Moralists and American Legal Thought (2018). She regularly teaches contracts to first-year law students, as well as upper level interdisciplinary seminars on "Mercy and Justice," "Complicity," "Faith, Morality, and Law," and "Law and Religion."