Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon, PhD.




Research Interests

Moral philosophy; religious ethics; moral subjectivity and violence; virtue ethics; moral injury and trauma; social ethics; social justice



Researcher, Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice (since 2017)


Former Affiliations

•   2016-17. Assistant Professor of Religion, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, United States


•   2015-16. Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, United States

•   2014. Visiting Instructor of Religion, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, United States



•   2015. Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Society, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

•   2003.  M.Div., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

•   1998.  B.A. cum laude, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, United States



Articles and Book Chapters

•   Forthcoming. “Mapping Moral Injury: Comparing Discourses of Moral Harm.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. peer-reviewed

•   2017. “Moral Injury as Inherent Political Critique: The Prophetic Possibilities of a New Term.” Political Theology 18:3: 219-232. peer-reviewed

•   2015. “‘The Child is My Warrant:’ Virtue, Violence, and The Road’s Radical Humanism.” The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema. New York: Lexington Books.

•   2013. “Ethnic Cleansing as Religious Practice.” Journal of Interreligious Dialogue 11. peer-reviewed

•   2012. “Resources in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: An Annotated Bibliography.” Practical Matters 5. Co-authored with James W. McCarty.

•   2012. “On the Intersections of Religion, Violence, and Peace.” Practical Matters 5. Co-authored with James W. McCarty.

•   2011. “To Study and To Lose: Pedagogical Reflections.” Religious Studies News.

•   2010. “The Ambivalence of Medjugorje: The Dynamics of Violence, Peace, and Nationalism at a Catholic Pilgrimage Site During the Bosnian War.” Journal of Religion and Society 12. peer-reviewed


Edited Journal

•   2012. Practical Matters: Special Issue on Religion, Violence, and Peace, 5.



•   2016. The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Ethics of Peace and Justice by Charles R. Strain. Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, 36.

•   2013. Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb by Richard Avramenko. Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, 23:1.

•   2013. Believing and Acting: The Pragmatic Turn in Comparative Religion by G. Scott Davis. Practical Matters, 6.



Papers and Presentations

•   2017. “The Geopolitics of Virtue.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Ethics Section. Boston, Massachusetts. (forthcoming)

•   2016. “Thinking of Power in Mourning and Music,” invited response to “Resisting Violence through Mourning and Music” panel, Religion, Social Conflict, and Peace section, American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

•   2015. “Analyzing Violence through Virtue Discourse: The Bosnian War Case.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group. Atlanta, GA.

•   2015. “Mapping Moral Injury: How Violence and Political Change Damages Subjectivity.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

•   2014. “Moral Injury as Inherent Critique: The Political Consequences of a New Term.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group. San Diego, CA.

•   2013. “Ironic Recognition and the Critique of Dehumanization.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group. Baltimore, MD. 

•   2013. “‘Do Not Make of Our Dust a Kingdom:’ Ethics and the Theologically Marginal.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

•   2012. “Fighting for Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Moral Experience in the Genocidal Century.” American Academy of Religion Conference. Ethics Section. Chicago, IL.

•   2012. “Ethnic as Ethic: An Essay on Ethnic Cleansing during the Bosnian War, 1992-1995.” Sabancı University’s Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

•   2011. “Toward a Niebuhrian Critique of Purity: Reinhold Niebuhr on Realism and Idealism.” Symposium on Religion, Ritual, and Power. Florida State University, FL.


Panels Organized

•   2014. “Extending Moral Injury: Examining Moral Injury as an Interdisciplinary Resource for Scholars and Practitioners.” inaugural panel of the Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

•   2012. “Virtue Ethics and Liberation: Accounting for the Lived Realities of Race, Class, Violence, and Moral Luck.” Ethics Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Conference,  Chicago, IL.


Invited Panelist

•   2015. "Racism, Violence, Vulnerability and Power: Ethics in Response to Ferguson and other Emergencies,” Interrupting White Privilege and LGBT and Queer Studies in Ethics sections, Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.


Awards and Grants

·   National Endowment for the Humanities Grant    

·   Research Grant, Laney Graduate School, Emory University                   

·   Thayer Award (Outstanding Scholarship), Harvard University      

·   Vanderbilt Merit Scholarship, Harvard University

·   Field Research Grant (for study in Bosnia-Hercegovina), Harvard University