Matthew Shadle

Matthew Shadle (no photo)

Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

B.A., Hendrix College

M.A., University of Dayton
Ph.D., University of Dayton


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Moral Theology
  • Social Ethics
  • Medical Ethics

Research Interests

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Ethics of War and Peace
  • Economic Ethics

Dr. Matthew Shadle joined the Marymount faculty in 2014, and lives in northern Virginia with his wife. His research focuses on the role of identity and imagination in theological and ethical reflection on contentious social issues. For example, his book The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective (Georgetown, 2011) draws on both theology and political science to explore the role of identity in contributing to armed conflict. His current research focuses on the evolution of how Catholics have imagined the global economy over the past five decades, in both official teaching and in the lived experience of Catholics.

Dr. Shadle’s work has been published in several scholarly journals, and he is active in the College Theology Society. His scholarship also engages the broader public; he has spoken to numerous church groups, presented at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and writes for the blogs Catholic Moral Theology and Political Theology Today.

Dr. Shadle is a supporter of experiential learning. He has brought students to Peru to study the Catholic Church in Latin America, and has led students in projects on campus and in the broader community focused on immigration, environmental sustainability, and human trafficking.



Phone: 703-284-3336