Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335
t: (408) 554-4758
f: (408) 554-2387

Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: 300D

Kristin E. Heyer, Ph. D.


Kristin Heyer received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2003.  She taught at Loyola Marymount University from 2003-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009.  Her research focuses on the ethics of immigration, Catholic political engagement, moral agency and Christian social ethics.

TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
TESP 43 Catholic Social Thought
TESP 156 Christian Ethics and HIV/AIDS
TESP 158 Immigration and Ethics

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)

Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration. Georgetown University Press, 2012.
"Social Sin and Immigration: Good Fences make Bad Neighbors,"
    Theological Studies 71.2 (June 2010) 410-436.
"A Feminist Appraisal of Catholic Social Thought." For the City and the World: Conversations
    in Catholic Studies and Social Thought. University of San Francisco Press, 2010.
Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power. Ed. with Mark Rozell and
    Michael Genovese.  Georgetown University Press, 2008.
Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism. Georgetown University Press,

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