Aline Kalbian

Chair, Department of Religion
Dr. Aline Kalbian

Contact Information

Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy
Office Location
210 Dodd Hall
Resume / CV
Office Hours

TBA and by appointment


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

Fall 2017
REL4491/5497: Ethics of Hospitality (with Dr. Kavka)

A good portion of ethical discourse is about how we should treat others, what we owe them, and about limits (if any) on the population of those people to whom we owe goods. At a time when migration and refugees are major issues in politics, such ethical concerns are expressed in terms of the question of whether the sovereign state should be hospitable to outsiders, and how it can best provide hospitality. But thinking of immigration politics in terms of hospitality—in terms of host-guest relations—opens up a whole range of questions. How do a host and guests, even in the host’s home, negotiate the vulnerability and fear that underlies the relation of hospitality on both sides? Is a guest always a second-class person in a home, or a nation? To what extent is endorsing hospitality endorsing something gendered, either as a feminist ethics/politics, or more distressingly, as a practice that usually burdens women more than men? And can religious traditions’ teachings about hospitality serve as resources in our secular age?

This seminar aims to develop answers to these questions by examining contemporary literature in political philosophy, phenomenology, and religious ethics on the issue of hospitality—both with an eye to seeing what answers the literature gives, and to seeing what answers the literature fails to give.

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).