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Department of

Theology and Religious Studies

Emily Reimer-Barry

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.


Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
M.T.S., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Scholarly and Creative Work

Reimer-Barry's research focuses on HIV prevention and Catholic social/sexual teachings. Her first monograph, Catholic Theology of Marriage in an Era of HIV and AIDS: Marriage for Life, was published by Lexington Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, in 2015. She has published articles in journals such as Theology and Sexuality, the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, and Concilium. Reimer-Barry is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.

Teaching Interests

Reimer-Barry teaches undergraduate courses in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, including both lower division and upper division courses. In all of her courses Reimer-Barry exposes students to the rich, complex traditions of Christian theology and ethics. Some courses require community based learning and/or immersion day trips in Tijuana, Mexico.