Joyce Kloc Babyak

  • Francis W. & Lydia L. Davis Professor of Religion
  • Chair of Law and Society

Areas of Study


  • BA, College Holy Cross
  • MA, Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • PhD, Yale University


Joyce Kloc Babyak’s teaching is in the area of religious social ethics, with an emphasis on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim ethics. Recent courses offered have focused on ethical issues in death and dying, medical ethics, war and peace ethics, Catholic social teaching, and literature and ethics. She also offers a course on law and society as a field.

Her research focuses on theological anthropology, fundamental issues in religious ethics, and literature and ethics.

She held administrative positions from 2009 to 2017.


  • Finite, Contingent, and Free: A New Ethic of Acceptance. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003. 


Fall 2022

Law and Society: An Overview — LAWS 200
Catholic Popes and their Social Teaching — RELG 243
Legal Advocacy — LAWS 400
Senior Portfolio — LAWS 500

Spring 2023

Literature and Ethics: British Novels — RELG 241
Literature and Ethics: American Novels — RELG 242
Medical Ethics — RELG 249
Senior Portfolio — LAWS 500