Willis Jenkins

Sustainability Faculty Fellow; Professor of Religion, Ethics & Environment; Religious Studies Dept. Chair


Willis Jenkins is Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics and chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He co-directs three transdisciplinary projects at UVA, each involving arts, sciences, and humanities in the study of environmental change: the Coastal Futures Conservatory, Sanctuary Lab, and the Water Justice team of the Water Futures Initiative. Jenkins is author of two award-winning books on intersections of religious and environmental thought, and many essays in environmental ethics.

Research Interests

Environmental Ethics; Method in Religious Ethics; Religion and Ecology; Christian Social Ethics; Theology and Environmental Sciences; Theology and Economy; Food Ethics; Climate Ethics


  • The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity (Georgetown, 2013)
  • Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2008) (More publications, including article PDFs, at: http://virginia.academia.edu/WillisJenkins)