Brian Stiltner, Ph.D.
Chair/ Associate Professor
Dr. Stiltner has been a member of the department since 1998 and has been chairperson since 2011. He has chaired the university’s Committee on Rank and Tenure, founded its Catholic Studies program, and directed its Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics. He currently directs the College of Arts and Science’s assessment committee and serves on the university’s Service Learning Council. He enjoys working with students to improve their skills in writing and ethical analysis.
Dr. Stiltner’s professional contributions to the academy and the local community includes past service as a member of the Institutional Review Board of the Unilever Corporation and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He has recently lectured for the Voice of the Faithful in Bridgeport, for the Knights of Columbus in Hamden, and at the retirement celebration for Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, president of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Brian lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with his wife and two children. His interests include soccer, baseball, travel, and puzzles and word games.
Degrees and Certifications
- Bachelor of arts in Religious Studies and Classics from John Carroll University
- Masters in Religion from Yale Divinity School
- Doctorate from Yale University
Prof. Stiltner’s teaching and research interests include bioethics, human rights, ethics of war and peace, Catholic social ethics, and the role of religion and virtues in American society. He has developed courses on “Human Rights,” “Virtue Ethics,” “Writing With Public Purpose,” and one that he offers during election years titled “Jesus for President.” He incorporates service learning in some of his courses, believing it is important for students to be exposed to the needs and strivings of residents of Bridgeport.
Publications and Presentations
Brian Stiltner is author of Religion and the Common Good: Catholic Contributions to Building Community in a Liberal Society (1999); coauthor, with David Clough, of Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War (2007); and coeditor, with Marinus Iwuchukwu, of Can Muslims and Christians resolve their Religious and Social Conflicts? Cases from Africa and the United States (2012).
He has written short pieces for Commonweal and The Christian Century magazines. He was been interviewed regarding the ethics of war several times by the PBS website Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and appeared on that television program in 2003.
Dr. Stiltner is working on a new book titled The Social Virtues: Why the Ancient Ethics of Character is Essential for Fixing Modern Society’s Most Pressing Problems.