Alison Lutz

Visiting Instructor of Social Ethics

Lutz explores the ethical assumptions that drive humanitarian efforts, in particular the issues of control and imbalances of power that beset many well-intentioned efforts to relieve global poverty. She engages Latin American liberation theology and decolonial thought to critique humanitarian power and to challenge the Western coloniality of being in global humanitarianism. She asks how to guide the moral formation of humanitarians without reproducing dynamics of dominance. This project grows out of Lutz’s extensive experience living in rural Haiti as a humanitarian worker with Partners In Health. Lutz is also an ordained Episcopal priest who has served churches in New York, Arizona, Haiti, and Tennessee.


BA, Emory University; MDiv, Emory; STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD Candidate Vanderbilt University

Religious Affiliation

Episcopalian (ordained priest)

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  •  “Economic Inequality as God’s Law?: Considering the Nature of Economic Life.” Anglican Theological Review 95.2 (2013):  251-274.

Select Academic Lectures

  • “Whose Imagination, Whose Failure?: The Agency of the Dispossessed and Global Health Equity” (American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2017)
  • “How A ‘Preferential Option for the Poor’ Ensures Effective Service Delivery in Haiti” (Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference, New Haven, CT, April 2012) 
  • “A Human Rights Approach to Relief and Rebuilding in Haiti” (Community, Participation, Development: Toward Improved Practice Conference, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA, September 2010)  

Select Sermons, Educational Series, and Church Presentations

  • “Be Born in Us: A Reflection on Love of Neighbor in the Season of Advent (Episcopal Church Foundation, December 2016)
  • “Bearing Witness to Resurrection in Haiti” (Faith and Culture Symposium, Belmont University, February 2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics



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