Department of Theology

Dr. Marcus Mescher

Assistant Professor, Theology Department

First Year at Xavier



Christian Ethics


Marcus Mescher is assistant 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 will be published by Orbis Books in March 2020. 


Signature Courses:

  • First Year Seminar: Digital Technology, Social Media, and the Greater Good
  • First Year Seminar: From Service to Solidarity
  • First Year Seminar: Beyond Hookup Culture
  • Christian Sexual Ethics
  • Marriage and Family
  • Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis (ISSJ)