Kenneth Craycraft, Ph.D., J.D. 

Associate Professor of Moral Theology 

James J. Gardner Family Chair of Moral Theology 


J.D., Duke University School of Law 

Ph.D., Boston College 

M.A., University of Cincinnati 

M.A., M.Div., Cincinnati Christian University 

B.A., Malone University 

Research Interests 

The intersection of politics and religion; Catholic social teaching; Catholic sexual ethics; Catholicism and popular culture 


Dr. Kenneth Craycraft joined the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology faculty in 2016, first as an adjunct lecturer and then as an associate professor of moral theology in 2019. In 2020 he was named the James J. Gardner Family Chair of Moral Theology. 

Dr. Craycraft earned a Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College in 1993 and a juris doctorate from Duke University in 2001. 

Dr. Craycraft’s scholarship includes many invited lectures and presentations, book reviews and journal articles. He is a regular contributor to the public-facing Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Telegraph and The Catholic Herald, as well as a frequent contributor to many other popular journals and magazines. Dr. Craycraft is currently working on a book tentatively titled Neither Right Nor Left: Why Catholic Moral Doctrine Transcends Partisan Politics which is scheduled for publication in 2024. 

Selected Publications 

“‘It Neither Picks My Pocket Nor Breaks My Leg’: Rationalist Faith, Private Conscience.” Communio: International Catholic Review 43, no. 3 (Fall 2021): 487-517. 

The American Myth of Religious Freedom (Spence, 1999).