Trained as a comparative ethicist, Betsy's research lies at the intersection of moral philosophy and the history of religious thought, with a specific focus on Muslim, Christian, and secular political ethics. Her disciplinary scholarship uses the tools of contemporary western political philosophy to engage Catholic and Muslim arguments about the nature of legal tolerance within the context of moral and religious pluralism. Of particular note is her long-term project comparing Muslim debates about liberalism, democracy, and the separation of religion and politics to similar debates that arose within the Catholic tradition around the time of the Second Vatican Council. Most recently she has pursued work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that raises related questions about the nature of tolerance within the context of a morally and religiously diverse classroom.
Comparative Religious Ethics; Christian Ethics; Muslim Ethics; Political Philosophy; Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; Religion and Law; Gender and Sexual Ethics; and Philosophy of Education
Ph.D., Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy | Department of Religion | Florida State University, 2009
M.A., Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy | Department of Religion | Florida State University , 2004
B.A., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2002