Anne Clifford

Associate Professor Emerita


Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies

Research Areas

Christian Theology and the Natural Sciences; Catholic Social Teachings; Theologies of Creation and Ecology; Environmental Ethics; Feminist Theology and Spirituality


PhD Catholic University of America, Theology

Courses Taught

Religious History of Christianity: Beginnings-Reformation
Introduction to Catholicism
Christianity and Science
Catholic Social Thought

Selected Publications

Introducing Feminist Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001; 9th printing 2009.

Christology: Memory, Inquiry and Practice, Co-editor with Anthony Godzieba. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters
“Trees, Living Symbols of Peace and Hope, Wangari Maathai and Ecofeminist Theology” in Confronting Climate Change, Catholic Theological Perspectives, Jame Schaeffer, editor. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2012.

“Creation,” in Systematic Theology, Roman Catholic Perspectives, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza and John P. Galvin, editors. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011. (Received the “Best Book Chapter Award” for 2011 from the College Theology Society.)

Selected Presentations

Supple Lectures since 2010
“A Pope Named Francis and his Witness to Love” (11/10/2014).

“The Second Vatican Council and the Roots of Pope John XXIII's Commitment to Religious Unity” (10/21/2013).

“Wangari Maathai, Founder of the Green Belt Movement and Catholic Social Thought” (3/26/2012).

“Who Do You Say that I Am? Jesus Seen Through the Lens of His Closest Relationships” (4/4/2011).

“Catholicism on Eco-justice Forty Years after the First ‘Earth Day,’” (3/31/2010).

Professional Activity

Co-editor for Orbis Books’ Academic Interdisciplinary Series (2009-2015)
President of the College Theology Society (2006-2008)