William Mattison


William Mattison is the Wilsey Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. During these years he studied Thomistic moral theology under Dr. Jean Porter and spent a year on a Fulbright fellowship in Fribourg, Switzerland doing dissertation research under the guidance of Fr. Servais Pinckaers, O.P. He then spent two years as a Visiting Assistant professor at Notre Dame, and another two at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD, before joining the faculty at the Catholic University of America’s School of Theology & Religious Studies.

Prof. Mattison spent ten years at The Catholic University of America. After tenure he served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and one year as interim dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies. He also began to write and speak on Catholic higher education. He returned to Notre Dame in 2016 with a joint appointment as Wilsey Family Associate Professor in the Department of Theology as well as senior advisor for theological formation in the Alliance for Catholic Education, where he helped prepare Catholic school teachers.

He continues to write and teach students at the doctoral, master (including seminarians), and undergraduate levels. He was also named in 2023 the faculty director of the Moreau First Year Experience, leading the reconception and implementation of the Moreau seminars, part of the core curriculum for all Notre Dame undergraduates.  

Besides having served in leadership roles in the Ethics and Catholic Theology Group and Moral Theology Groups at the Society of Christian Ethics and Catholic Theological Society of America, respectively, Prof. Mattison co-founded and served as Executive Director of the annual New Wine, New Wineskins symposium for pre-tenure Catholic moral theologians.

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IEI Fellows
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology: A Virtue Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Searching for a Universal Ethic; Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Responses to the Catholic Natural Law Tradition, Eerdman’s, Ed. (with John Berkman). Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.

Virtue, Journal of Catholic Moral Theology, Vol. 3.1, Ed. (with David Cloutier). 2014.

Methodology in Catholic Moral Theology Today, Journal of Catholic Moral Theology, Vol. 1.1, Ed. (with David Cloutier). 2012.

Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues. Brazos Press, 2008.

William Mattison