Jame Schaefer

Jame Schaefer

Jame Schaefer is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Marquette University where she guides undergraduate and graduate students in learning how to constructively relate theology, the natural sciences, and technology, advises Students for an Environmentally Active Campus, and directs the Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics. Her publications include Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics: Reconstructing Patristic and Medieval Concepts, Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives, and the inaugural “Animals” entry in New Catholic Encyclopedia. She worked with an international team of scholars commissioned by the Higher Education Secretariat of the Society of Jesus to create Healing Earth, an online interactive environmental science textbook motivated by Ignatian spirituality and oriented toward ethical reflection and action. She is currently leading a three-year project on behalf of the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology aimed at developing guidelines for members to consider following when seeking approval and/or help from religious communities on research and practice projects. Concurrently, she is writing a book-long monograph proffering a more expansive category than “social” for Catholic teachings, thought and action toward other people, species, and systems of Earth. Prior to entering academia, she served in various environmental and energy policy positions by appointment of local, state, national, and bi-national governments.