Department of Theology

Dr. Marcus Mescher

Associate Professor, Theology Department

Marcus Mescher is associate professor of Christian ethics. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and specializes in Catholic social teaching. His research and writing concentrate in the following areas: human dignity and rights; social and environmental justice for the common good; how moral agency is impacted by social context, like how identity and intimacy are shaped by social media; sexual justice and the ethics of marriage and family life; and how to heal social divisions and unjust inequalities in pursuit of inclusive solidarity. Dr. Mescher has contributed book chapters to several edited volumes and has published articles in the Journal of Moral Theology, the Journal of Catholic Social ThoughtJesuit Higher Education, and Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice. His book The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity was published by Orbis Books in March 2020. 

Dr. Mescher has mentored summer research students every year since 2015 on projects including: theological resources for racial justice, preventing sexual violence, the impact of screens on mental health, and moral injury caused by clergy sexual abuse.   

Signature Courses:

  • From Service to Solidarity (First Year Seminar) 
  • Marriage and Family
  • Spirituality and Solidarity
  • Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis (ISSJ)
  • Theo-ethics of Ministry (ISSJ)


Christian Ethics

First Year at Xavier