Graduate Student Affiliate (2016–17)
Ph.D., Moral Theology/Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
M.Div., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Theology and Writing, Loyola University in Maryland
Lorraine Cuddeback is a recent doctoral graduate in Moral Theology and Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology. She specializes in Catholic social ethics, bringing the Catholic social tradition into dialog with feminist and disability theologies, especially as it relates to people with intellectual disabilities. Her dissertation, "Liberation, Resistance, and Agency in Intellectual Disability: An Ethnographic Study for Christian Ethics," uses ethnography and cultural anthropology to examine questions about the agency and participation of people with intellectual disabilities in social spheres such as work and recreation. Her work helps interrogate conceptions of theological anthropology that uncritically rely on rationality and agency as fundamental to the definition of personhood. Other areas of research include feminist theology, sexual ethics, and trauma theory. Other honors include serving as a Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellow from 2014-16.