Ethics in Leadership


Research Fellow 2012-13

Matthew Bersagel Braley

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies & Philosophy Coordinator,
Master of Arts in Servant Leadership 

Matthew is assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy and program coordinator for the master of arts in Servant Leadership. Prior to coming to Viterbo, Matthew completed a B.A. in Africana Studies and English at Luther College, a master’s degree in religion and theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. in Religion (Ethics & Society) from Emory University. His dissertation focused on the intersection of theology, religion and global health in the primary health care movement and the response to the global AIDS pandemic. He continues this work through his membership in the International Religious Health Assets Program (IRHAP), a network of scholars and practitioners employing assets-based development approaches to understand the contribution of religion in healthcare. In addition to his work in global health, he has served as executive director of Southern Truth and Reconciliation,  a university-community partnership highlighting reconciliation practices of communities confronting legacies of racial violence. Matthew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses that explore the relationship between religion, ethics, leadership, and social change.

Matthew’s fellowship research explores the limits and possibilities of religion as a regenerative force in modern health systems, focusing especially on the status of theologically resonant conceptions of health, healing, and human flourishing in the complex, largely empirical, interdisciplinary intersection of healthcare.


  • "Checking Vitals: The Theological (Im)Pulse of Christian Leadership in Global Health."
  •  Practical Matters 4 (2011), 
  • “Rooting, Reforming, Restoring:  A Framework for Justice in Rwanda,” On-line Journal of  Lutheran Ethics (March 2004), .

  Presentations Related to Current Research: 

  • “Saying and Doing Something Theological: The Possibilities of Theocentric Participants as Agents of Social
      Change,” Society of Christian Ethics, January 2013
  • “Re-Valuing Religion: The Persistence of the Theological in Global Health,” Upper Midwest Regional American
      Academy of Religion, April 2011
  • “More than Just Health:  Towards a Christian Ethic of Decent Care in an HIV-Infected World,” Society of
      Christian Ethics, 2009
  • “Documenting a Disease:  Varieties of Moral Discourse in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS,” Southeast
      Commission for the Study of Religion, Ethics Section, 2007
  • “Learning to Stand with Africa:  Religious Networks, Human Rights, and HIV/AIDS,”
  •  Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Religion and Social Science Section, 2006