John Wall is a theoretical ethicist whose research and teaching focus on the bases of moral life. He is particularly interested in moral life’s relations to language, culture, and age. His work falls into three areas: post-structuralist ethics; ethics and religion; and the ethics of childhood and children’s rights.
He is pleased to announce the publication in October 2016 of his new book, Children’s Rights: Today’s Global Challenge (Rowman & Littlefield), an accessible and systematic overview of the global children’s rights movement – in all its theoretical, historical, and practical complexity – and an argument that children’s rights are the major human rights challenge of the twenty-first century.
His previous books include Ethics in Light of Childhood (Georgetown 2010), where he develops the concept of “childism” or enabling considerations of children’s experiences to transform moral theory, and Moral Creativity (Oxford 2005), an investigation of the creative and poetic nature of moral existence. He also co-edited Children and Armed Conflict (Palgrave 2011), Marriage, Health, and the Professions (Eerdmans 2002), and Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought (Routledge 2002; paperback 2016).
He is currently working on two books, Global Citizenship, an argument for grounding global politics in the creative expansion of political horizons; and The Art of Being, a work of fiction that examines creativity as basic to human being.
Dr. Wall has taught at Rutgers University Camden since 2000. He received a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago in 1999. He has chaired or read for a number of dissertations, serves on several scholarly journal editorial boards, in 2006 helped to create the first doctoral program in Childhood Studies in North America, and from 2010 to 2012 chaired the Childhood Studies and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion.
In Fall 2016 he is Acting Associate Dean of the Rutgers Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences Graduate School and Research.
He was awarded a 2006 Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence and a 2005 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Rutgers University. He teaches courses in Children’s Rights, Evil, Biomedical Ethics, Religion and Culture, Introduction to the Bible, and Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Childhood.