D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Laura Nettles

Research Fellow 2014-15

Laura Nettles, FSPA

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Philosophy

Sister Laura is an assistant professor in Religious Studies and Philosophy. She earned a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in Moral Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, an M.A. in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on topics within the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, specifically the intersection between F.I.T., Catholic Social Teaching as tools for social change. Most recently, Nettles has been exploring the inter-textual connections between Medieval Franciscans and Muslims. She regularly teaches courses in introductory theology, Franciscan theology, Catholic Social Teaching and women’s studies. She is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Recent Publications

  • “Beyond Sunday School:  Affirming Faith, Challenging Knowledge in the College Classroom” in Handing On the Faith.
  • “Individuation in the Thought of John Duns Scotus and Ibn Rushd” in Islamic Philosophy.
  • “Miracles” and “Faith and Reason” In William J. Reese (ed.) Christian Theology:  Scripture, Tradition, and Practice.
  • “Imaging God:  St. Clare’s Letters to Agnes of Prague.”  In Commercium:  Online Journal of Franciscan Studies.

Speaking Topics

  • Franciscan Theology and Spirituality
  • Franciscan Intellectual Tradition – particularly the theology of Duns Scotus, Bonaventure, Olivi, and Ockham
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Issues of Justice andPeace