Dr. Paul Martens

Associate Professor of Ethics

In recent years Dr. Paul Martens has found his research shifting toward global health and ecological crises, opening up new directions in long-term interests such as theological nonviolence and environmental ethics. His present focus on global ethics enables him, and Religion and Theology area students with him, to engage these and related fields within a global context. In his seminars graduate students wrestle with the primary texts that define central questions in the fields of theology and ethics, developing their own engagement with these questions while inflecting them through their particular research interests. In addition to the broad and solid foundations students find in the Theology concentration, Dr. Martens works to help them connect with experts in applied fields across the university. He believes that these engagements too can prompt the disciplined thinking and rethinking that forms scholars in the field of theology.