David Elliot

Academic Area

  • Moral Theology/Ethics
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Fundamental Catholic Moral Theology
  • Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Biography

    Prof. Elliot came to The Catholic University of America in 2017 after a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship as Research Associate in Theological Ethics at the University of Cambridge. He completed his doctoral studies in 2014 at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied Thomistic moral theology under Prof. Jean Porter. 

    Dr. Elliot's research focuses on virtue ethics and the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. His first book, Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2017) seeks to demonstrate how the theological virtue of hope contributes to human happiness and the common good, and has been described by one reviewer as “a uniquely significant contribution to the field of Christian ethics.” A list of his publications may be found at https://cua.academia.edu/DavidElliot

    Dr. Elliot has taught widely within moral theology at Cambridge and Notre Dame as well as at Catholic University. In 2019 he was made a (non-residential) Research Associate in Ethics at The Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. He is on the Administrative Teams of the Pinckaers Symposium on Moral Theology and the Thomas Aquinas Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and his work has been awarded the $4000 Essay and Book Prize from the Character Project of the Templeton Foundation for contribution to the study of character.