Joyce Kloc Babyak

  • Francis W. & Lydia L. Davis Professor of Religion
  • Chair of Religion Department

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 2023

Literature and Ethics: British Novels — RELG 241
Legal Advocacy — LAWS 400
Capstone Research Methods — RELG 401
Senior Portfolio — LAWS 500

Spring 2024

Medical Ethics — RELG 249
Capstone Colloquium — RELG 402


Voice of Experience

June 27, 2023

Véronique Harris grew up a witness to inequality. Now she’s dedicating her life to eradicating it through a career in public-service law.