Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016–17)
M.T.S., Ph.D., Moral Theology/Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
Angela Carpenter is a theological ethicist specializing in moral agency and moral formation from an interdisciplinary perspective, with extra-theological interests in developmental psychology and evolutionary anthropology. Her dissertation developed a constructive theological account of moral formation, indebted to the theology of John Calvin and in conversation with recent work on children’s moral formation in developmental psychology. She is currently revising this project for a book, tentatively titled Responsive Becoming: Moral Formation in Theological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Perspective. In addition to the conversation between theology and psychology, the book will incorporate insights from evolutionary anthropology into her theological account of moral formation.
Her research on the Human Distinctiveness project explored the evolutionary origins of distinctively human emotional and social-cognitive capacities and how they set the stage for questions of connection to the divine and the rightness of human action. This work identifies analogues of grace in human evolution and suggests new possibilities for interdisciplinary dialogue on the topics of selfhood, identity, and moral motivation.