Theology professor receives Way Klingler Young Scholar Award
Ward’s research focuses on economic ethics and ethical method, specifically virtue ethics and Catholic social thought. She has published articles on wealth, virtue and economic inequality in journals including Theological Studies, Journal of Religious Ethics, Heythrop Journal and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is currently completing a monograph that explores the impact of wealth, poverty and inequality on the pursuit of virtue for Georgetown University Press.
“Dr. Ward’s research productivity is extremely impressive for a junior faculty member in the third year of her first full-time, tenure-track academic position,” Dr. Danielle Nussberger, associate professor and chair of theology, said. “Her long list of academic presentations also attests to her ongoing, ever-expanding research activity. The quantity of her publications and presentations is matched by their quality.”
The Way Klingler Young Scholar Award supports promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The award funds $2,000 in operating costs and covers a portion of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester release from teaching.
Ward graduated from Harvard College in 2005. She earned her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Bible from the Catholic Theological Union in 2011. Before she began pursuing her Ph.D. at Boston College, she worked at AFSCME Council 31, a labor union, and organized workers in Catholic health care settings.