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Ethna Regan

Dr

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T: Ext. 8164
E: ethna.regan@dcu.ie

Biography

I teach theology and ethics here in DCU. I was previously Head of the School of Theology in Mater Dei Institute of Education. Before that I was a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where I lived for over a decade. My teaching and research has been shaped by the experience of working in the Caribbean, particularly my involvement with Credo Foundation for Justice, a non-governmental social justice and human rights organization. I also worked for five years in Samoa in the Pacific Islands. My doctoral research at the University of Cambridge was on human rights and theology. I am happy to work with postgraduate students in this area and in the areas of theological anthropology, Catholic social thought, liberation and political theologies, the work of Karl Rahner, post-Holocaust theology and theories of Justice.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'The Bergoglian Principles: Pope Francis' Dialectical Approach to Political Theology'
Ethna Regan (2019) 'The Bergoglian Principles: Pope Francis' Dialectical Approach to Political Theology'. Religions, 2019, 10(12), 670 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Catholic Social Teaching and Homelessness: The world tribe of the dispossessed'
Ethna Regan (2019) 'Catholic Social Teaching and Homelessness: The world tribe of the dispossessed'. Journal of Vincentian Social Action, 4 (1) [Details]
2016 'Doing Christian Social Ethics in Ireland: From Hiberno-Christendom to Fragile Pluralism'
Ethna Regan (2016) 'Doing Christian Social Ethics in Ireland: From Hiberno-Christendom to Fragile Pluralism'. Jahrbuch für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften, 57/2016 [Details]
2014 'Barely visible: The Child in Catholic Social Teaching'
Regan E. (2014) 'Barely visible: The Child in Catholic Social Teaching'. Heythrop Journal, 55 (6):1021-1032 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Church, Culture and Credibility: A Perspective from Ireland'
Ethna Regan (2013) 'Church, Culture and Credibility: A Perspective from Ireland'. NEW BLACKFRIARS, 94 :160-176 [Details]
2011 'Theology and the Future of Irish Society'
Ethna Regan (2011) 'Theology and the Future of Irish Society'. THE FURROW, 62 [Details]
2011 'Women, Theology and the Church. Whose Expertise?'
Ethna Regan (2011) 'Women, Theology and the Church. Whose Expertise?'. DOCTRINE AND LIFE, 61 [Details]
2009 ''But now You Speak at last': The Rights of the Child after the Shadows of Hiberno-Christendom'
Ethna Regan (2009) ''But now You Speak at last': The Rights of the Child after the Shadows of Hiberno-Christendom'. DOCTRINE & LIFE, 59 [Details]
2008 'Ethics in a global world: the Earth Charter and religious education'
McGrady, AG;Regan, E (2008) 'Ethics in a global world: the Earth Charter and religious education'. British Journal of Religious Education, 30 :165-170 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Human Rights, Human Flourishing, and the Right to Housing'
Ethna Regan (2019) 'Human Rights, Human Flourishing, and the Right to Housing' In: James F. Keenan and Mark McGreevy (eds). Street Homeless and Catholic Theological Ethics. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. [Details]
2019 'Human Rights'
Ethna Regan (2019) 'Human Rights' In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
2017 'Imagining Just Cities: The Dialogue between Theology and Human Rights'
Ethna Regan (2017) 'Imagining Just Cities: The Dialogue between Theology and Human Rights' In: J. Benjamin Wood (eds). Renewing the Self: Contemporary Religious Perspectives. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
2016 'The Church and Human Rights: Complex, Ecumenical, and Practical'
Ethna Regan (2016) 'The Church and Human Rights: Complex, Ecumenical, and Practical' In: Steve Heinrichs (eds). Wrongs to Rights: How Churches can engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada: INTOTEMAK (Mennonite Church) in response to Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. [Details]
2015 'Vatican II and human rights: From religious freedom to frontline advocacy'
Regan E. (2015) 'Vatican II and human rights: From religious freedom to frontline advocacy' In: Vatican II in Ireland, Fifty Years On: Essays in Honour of Pádraic Conway. [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Natural Law as Conjunctive and Disjunctive'
Ethna Regan (2012) 'Natural Law as Conjunctive and Disjunctive' In: Church and People: Disjunctions in a Secular Age. Washington, D.C: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. [Details]
2012 'John Steiner: Margaret Aylward's 'Venerable worker for the cause of poor children' '
Ethna Regan (2012) 'John Steiner: Margaret Aylward's 'Venerable worker for the cause of poor children' ' In: Treasures of Irish Christianity: People, Texts and Events. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2010 'Not merely the cognitive subject: Rahner's Theological Anthropology'
Ethna Regan (2010) 'Not merely the cognitive subject: Rahner's Theological Anthropology' In: Karl Rahner: Theologian for the Twenty-first Century. Oxford: Peter Lang. [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Strangers to Justice? Deus Caritas Est and Catholic ‘Charitable Organizations’'
Ethna Regan (2009) 'Strangers to Justice? Deus Caritas Est and Catholic ‘Charitable Organizations’' In: Who is My Neighbour? Deus Caritas Est. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2008 'Human Rights: An ethical position of protective marginality'
Ethna Regan (2008) 'Human Rights: An ethical position of protective marginality' In: Community, Constitution and Ethos: Democratic Values and Citizenship in the Face of Globalization. Dublin: Otior Press. [Details]
2007 'Catholic Anthropology'
Ethna Regan (2007) 'Catholic Anthropology' In: Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2005 'Latin American Liberation Theology'
Ethna Regan and Rebecca Chopp (2005) 'Latin American Liberation Theology' In: The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
2002 'Gender Issues in the Caribbean: A Theological Response'
Ethna Regan and Don Chambers (2002) 'Gender Issues in the Caribbean: A Theological Response' In: Proceedings of the Caribbean Theology Conference. Port of Spain: [Details]
1999 'Five Caribbean Lenten Reflections on Luke's Gospel'
Ethna Regan (1999) 'Five Caribbean Lenten Reflections on Luke's Gospel' In: Jesus, Friend of the Poor and Despised: Caribbean Lenten Meditations, 1999, . San Fernando, Trinidad: St. Andrew's Theological College. [Details]
1997 'Elijah and the Widow: Women, Poverty and Structural Adjustment'
Ethna Regan (1997) 'Elijah and the Widow: Women, Poverty and Structural Adjustment' In: Biblical Reflections on Economics and Faith. Port of Spain: Caribbean Council of Churches Publication. [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2010 Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights.
Ethna Regan (2010) Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Symposium on Street Homelessness and Catholic Social Teaching,
Ethna Regan (2017) 'Catholic Social Teaching and Homelessness: The world tribe of the dispossessed outside the halls of plenty looking in'. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Symposium on Street Homelessness and Catholic Social Teaching, Rome, Italy , 29-NOV-17 - 02-DEC-17 [Details]
2017 University of Durham, Ushaw Lecture Series: Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture,
Ethna Regan (2017) Bearing Scars and Forging Hope: The Church’s Flawed Expertise in Humanity. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], University of Durham, Ushaw Lecture Series: Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture, Ushaw College, University of Durham , 22-JUN-17 - 22-JUN-17 [Details]
2015 The Tablet 175th Anniversary Conference, The Spirit of Catholic Renewal: Signs, Sources, and Calling ,
Ethna Regan (2015) Putting Our Own House in Order’. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Tablet 175th Anniversary Conference, The Spirit of Catholic Renewal: Signs, Sources, and Calling , Durham University , 02-NOV-15 - 04-NOV-15 [Details]
2015 Self & the City: Political Theology and Urban Identities,
Ethna Regan (2015) Imagining Just Cities: the dialogue between theology and human rights. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Self & the City: Political Theology and Urban Identities, The University of Manchester , 24-APR-15 - 25-APR-15 [Details]
2014 McCauley Conference Series,
Ethna Regan (2014) The Priority of Mercy and the Necessity of Justice: Ethics and Pope Francis. McCauley Conference Series, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick , 23-MAY-14 - 24-MAY-14 [Details]
2014 Cairo + 20: Catholic Discourses on Population and Development,
Ethna Regan (2014) Discourses of Family and Gender. Cairo + 20: Catholic Discourses on Population and Development, Campion Hall, Oxford , 09-APR-14 - 11-APR-14 [Details]
2012 ’Church Culture & Credibility’, Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain,
Ethna Regan (2012) Church Culture and Credibility: Perspective from Ireland. ’Church Culture & Credibility’, Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, Durham University , 10-SEP-12 - 13-SEP-12 [Details]
2012 VATICAN II 50 Years On: A Critical Examination of the Enduring Significance of the Second Vatican Council,
Ethna Regan (2012) Vatican II: Embracing Human Rights and Expanding Humanism. VATICAN II 50 Years On: A Critical Examination of the Enduring Significance of the Second Vatican Council, UCD International Centre for Newman Studies , 11-OCT-12 - 11-OCT-12 [Details]
2011 Childhood in Irish Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference,
Ethna Regan (2011) Barely Visible: The Child in Catholic Social Teaching. Childhood in Irish Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin , 18-APR-11 - 19-APR-11 [Details]
2011 The Church and the World,
Ethna Regan (2011) The Project of ‘Hiberno-Christendom’: A case study of Charles Taylor’s disjunctions between the Church and the World?. The Church and the World, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna , 12-JUN-11 - 13-JUN-11 [Details]
2011 Church: A Culture of Abusive Relationships? Conference of the Irish Theological Association,
Ethna Regan (2011) Mulieris Dignitatem? Women, Theology and the Church. [], Church: A Culture of Abusive Relationships? Conference of the Irish Theological Association, Dublin , 19-MAR-11 - 20-MAR-11 [Details]
2010 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Religion and Society Programme, Child Abuse in the Catholic Church - what can be learned? one day closed conference ,
Ethna Regan (2010) Theological reflections on the impact of the Ryan and Murphy Reports. [], Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Religion and Society Programme, Child Abuse in the Catholic Church - what can be learned? one day closed conference , Heythrop College, University of London , 04-NOV-10 [Details]
2010 Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church,
Ethna Regan (2010) Guilt, Complicity, Responsibility and Shame: Theological Reflections on Responses to the Ryan Report. Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Trento, Italy , 24-JUL-10 - 27-JUL-10 [Details]
2007 Conference of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE): ‘Working Together for Social Justice – Celebrating 40 years of Populorum Progressio,
Ethna Regan (2007) Stories of Change:Celebrating and Lamenting Populorum Progressio. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Conference of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE): ‘Working Together for Social Justice – Celebrating 40 years of Populorum Progressio, Soesterberg, The Netherlands , 24-OCT-07 - 26-OCT-07 [Details]
2007 Women Doing Theology,
Ethna Regan (2007) Rights-Holders not Beggars: Responding to the Post-Liberal Critique of Human Rights. [], Women Doing Theology, Trinity Theological Centre for Asia, Singapore, , 19-JUN-07 [Details]
2003 Von Hügel Interdisciplinary Justice Discussion Group,
Ethna Regan (2003) Human Rights: Some philosophical and theological perspectives on the dominant moral discourse of our time”,. [], Von Hügel Interdisciplinary Justice Discussion Group, The Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge , 10-NOV-03 [Details]
2002 The Interdisciplinary Series of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences,and Humanities (CRASSH),
Ethna Regan and Ian Linden (2002) Religion and Politics in a time of the ‘American Empire’ . [], The Interdisciplinary Series of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences,and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge , 10-MAR-02 [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2020 Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, SJ. K. J. Ahern, M. J. Clark, K. E. Heyer and L. E. Johnston, eds. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016).
Ethna Regan (2020) Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, SJ. K. J. Ahern, M. J. Clark, K. E. Heyer and L. E. Johnston, eds. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016). Liverpool University Press: Book Review [Details]
2016 Mary Doak and Anita Houck, eds. 'Translating Religion', The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 2012 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013).
Ethna Regan (2016) Mary Doak and Anita Houck, eds. 'Translating Religion', The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 2012 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013). Book Review [Details]
2013 Option for the Poor and for the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching by Donal Dorr (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Press, 2012).
Ethna Regan (2013) Option for the Poor and for the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching by Donal Dorr (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Press, 2012). Book Review [Details]
2011 'Where is God?' Review Essay on 'From Misery to Hope: Encountering God in the Abyss of Suffering' by Joe Egan (Peter Lang, 2010).
Ethna Regan (2011) 'Where is God?' Review Essay on 'From Misery to Hope: Encountering God in the Abyss of Suffering' by Joe Egan (Peter Lang, 2010). Dublin: Book Review [Details]
2011 Building Cultures of Trust, by Martin E. Marty, (Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans, 2010.).
Ethna Regan (2011) Building Cultures of Trust, by Martin E. Marty, (Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans, 2010.). Book Review [Details]
2008 Climate Change: The challenge to all of us, by Sean McDonagh (Dublin: The Columba Press, 2007).
Ethna Regan (2008) Climate Change: The challenge to all of us, by Sean McDonagh (Dublin: The Columba Press, 2007). Book Review [Details]

Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Theological Anthropology 
  • Catholic Social Thought
  • Liberation Theology
  • The theology of Karl Rahner, Feminist Theology 
  • Johann Baptist Metz and Political Theology
  • Jewish and Christian theology after the Holocaust
  • Theories of Justice

Teaching Interests



Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Liberation Theologies TP214Theology & Religious Studies
2019 Social Ethics: Theory and Service-Learning Placement TP301Theology & Religious Studies
2019 The Holocaust & Modern Culture TP508Cross Programme MA Module
2019 Human Rights and Social Justice TP512Ethics