James W. McCarty III is a doctoral candidate in the Ethics and Society course of study at Emory University’s James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies in the Graduate Division of Religion. In this program he has a concentration in “Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding”. Prior to coming to Emory he earned an M.A. in Ethics from Claremont School of Theology and a B.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University.
From 2010 – 2012 James was Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program at Oxford College of Emory University. In this program students were enrolled in one academic course per semester and engaged in a year-long process of self-reflection, community service, team building, and independent research to gain a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics of ethical social engagement and servant leadership. In addition to the EASL program at Oxford, James has taught courses at Emory University’s College of Arts and Sciences and its Candler School of Theology. Representative courses he has taught include: Introduction to Christian Ethics; Voices of Nonviolence; Preaching Justice in an Age of Globalization; Ethics and Servant Leadership; Religion, Human Rights, and Civil Society; and Nonprofit Management.
Prior to entering the academy, James was a minister in the Churches of Christ and managed a homeless shelter near Los Angeles, CA. He has written for popular audiences at Religion Dispatches, God’s Politics, and Religion Matters. James resides in Tacoma, WA where he is completing his dissertation on the ethics of political reconciliation and transitional justice. For those with speaking or writing inquiries, he can be contacted at jwmccar (at) emory.edu.