Nashotah House Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Elisabeth Rain Kincaid to its faculty, as Assistant Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology, beginning in July 2019. Bringing together exceptional academic credentials and diverse professional experience, Dr. Kincaid elevates Nashotah House’s already distinguished faculty and solidifies the seminary’s commitment to maintaining the highest standard in theological education.
Dr. Garwood Anderson, Nashotah House President and Provost remarked, “The field of moral theology has always been central to the distinctive character of Nashotah House formation. We could not be more pleased to add to our faculty a scholar of Elisabeth Kincaid’s erudition, real-world experience, and excellence as a teacher.”
Dr. Kincaid received her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in Moral Theology and Christian Ethics in 2018. Her dissertation, In a Prudent Way and Without Rashness: Retrieving the Theological Jurisprudence of Francisco Suárez, SJ, retrieves constructive approaches to legal engagement for contemporary Christians. She received her B.A. from Rice University in English and History, her J.D. from the University of the Texas School of Law (Dean’s Scholar), and her M.T.S. from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, where she was Valedictorian. Before beginning her studies in theology, Dr. Kincaid practiced law at a large law firm, worked in private equity, and served as a graduate campus minister for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, supporting graduate students in the integration of faith and academics.
Kincaid’s recent publications and presentations include “Sharers in the Divine Image: Francisco Suárez and the Justification of Female Political Authority” in Political Theology (March 2018), Augustine’s Two Cities in the Theological Jurisprudence of Francisco Suárez, SJ (Patristics, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, 2018), and Professional Ethics and the Recovery of Virtue (Society of Christian Ethics, 2019). Forthcoming publications include “Settling Law: Francisco Suarez’s Theory of Custom for Contemporary Contexts” in Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and the Complexities of Modernity (Brill, April 2019), “Aquinas, Pinckaers, and the Retrieval of a Doctrine of Political Equity ” in The Journal of Moral Theology (May 2019), and “Work and Vocation” in The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics (2020). Kincaid also served as contributing translator to Aelred of Rievaulx: The Liturgical Sermons, The Durham and Lincoln Collections, Sermons 47-84 (Cistercian Publications, 2019).
Kincaid has written popular articles for Christianity Today and The Living Church and has presented numerous conference papers, including for The Society of Christian Ethics, The Catholic Theological Society of America, The American Academy of Religion, The School of Law of the Pontifical University of Chile, and the International Symposium in Jesuit Studies. She has also been a guest speaker at several conferences on topics such as “Anglo-Catholicism: Recovering Roots” and “Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion.”
Kincaid currently serves as Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, where her courses include “The Use of Philosophy in Theology,” “Catholic Social Teaching,” “Foundations of Catholic Morality,” and “Prima Pars: God and Creation in Thomas Aquinas.” She also recently taught “Foundations in Moral Theology” at Nashotah House and “Theology, Business, and Ethics” at the University of Notre Dame. She is also an Episcopal Church Foundation Academic Fellow and a Board Member of the Fellowship for Protestant Ethics.
Kincaid shared, “I have long appreciated and admired Nashotah’s vibrant witness to the Gospel. It has been especially exciting to see Nashotah grow and flourish into a robust community dedicated to equipping and raising up leaders for the Church under the leadership of Dr. Anderson. It is a great joy to become part of Nashotah’s history and contribute to its vibrant next chapter.”
Dr. Kincaid is married to the Reverend Thomas Kincaid, Vice-Rector at the Church of the Incarnation, in Dallas, Texas. The Kincaids are parents to two children. Dr. Kincaid will teach the residential moral theology curriculum during Spring terms and will make further ongoing curricular contributions to the hybrid-distance and advanced degree programs.
About Nashotah House: Founded in 1842 as an heir of the Oxford Movement and inspired by Jackson Kemper, the First Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House exists to form persons for ministry in the breadth of the Catholic Tradition for the Episcopal Church, Churches in the Anglican Tradition, the wider Anglican Communion, and our Ecumenical Partners, thus continuing to serve our historic role as “The Mission,” empowering the Church for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.