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Aline Kalbian

Chair, Department of Religion

Departmental Area: Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy
Research Areas: Catholic Moral Theology; Gender and Religion; Bioethics and Religion

Address: Department of Religion
641 University Way / P.O. Box 3061520
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Office: 210 Dodd Hall
Email: akalbian@fsu.edu
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


Aline Kalbian (Ph.D., '96, University of Virginia, Religion and Ethics) teaches courses in religious ethics, medical ethics, gender and ethics, and Catholic ethics. Kalbian is an affiliate of The Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law at the FSU College of Medicine. She is also co-editor (with Martin Kavka) of the Journal of Religious Ethics. Her research focuses on the way moral traditions develop and change over time, especially on matters pertaining to gender, sexuality, and medicine. Her new book Sex, Violence, Justice: Contraception and the Catholic Church was published in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Bioethics and Religion
  • Catholic Moral Theology
  • Gender and Religion

Selected Publications

  • Sex, Violence, Justice: Contraception and the Catholic Church (Georgetown University Press, 2014)
  • Sexing the Church: Gender, Power and Ethics in Contemporary Catholicism (Indiana University Press, 2005)
  • “Social Change and Narrative Quests in Christian Smith’s What is a Person?” Journal of Religious Ethics, 42.1 (2014): 146-155.
  • “Moral Traces and Relational Autonomy,” Soundings, 96.3 (2013); 280-296.
  • “Sexuality in Religions,” in Hugh LaFollette, ed., International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
  • “Catholic and Contraception since 1968: Has Anything Really Changed?” Louvain Studies 36.1 (2012): 22–45.
  • “Considering the Risks to Economically Disadvantaged Egg Donors,” American Journal of Bioethics 11(7), September 2011.
  • "Christian Approaches to Reproductive Technology," in Faith in America, ed. Charles Lippy, 2 vols. Praeger Press, 2006.
  • "John Paul II" in Alan Soble, ed., Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, 2 vols. Greenwood Press: Westport, Conn., 2006.
  • "Narrative ARTifice and Women's Agency," Bioethics 19(2), April 2005: 93-111. Also reprinted in The Bioethics Casebook, Janet Dolgin and Lois Shepherd, eds. Greenwood, 2005, and Wolters Kluwer, 2009.

Teaching Specializations

  • Religious Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Catholic Moral Theology
  • Gender and Ethics

Recent Courses

Spring 2017

REL3180 Religion & Bioethics
The course offers an introduction to theoretical and practical issues in bioethics from the perspective of a variety of religious and secular positions. Meets Liberal Studies: Scholarship in Practice (LS-SIP) and Ethics & Social Responsibility (ETH/SR).

Fall 2016

RLG5497        SEM: Religious Thought: Aquinas and His Interpreters   
This course is divided into two parts. In the first half students are introduced to the writings of Thomas Aquinas on the topics of moral action, the virtues, and the law. In the second half we will examine recent interpretations of the relevance of Aquinas’s thought for contemporary religious ethics.