College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Diana Fritz Cates (she, her, hers)
Dr. Cates joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1990.
Her research focuses on religious ethics and moral psychology. She works primarily within the Aristotelian-Thomistic moral tradition on the nature of the self, the structure of virtue, the relationship between virtue and natural law, particular virtues such as love and compassion, the internal causes of moral evil, the structure of emotion, particular emotions such as anger and hatred, the role of emotions in the moral life, and the way the religious imagination can influence the cultivation of virtue and the deliberate formation of moral emotions.
Dr. Cates works secondarily on issues of bioethics (especially the ethical implications of genetic science and technology), sexual ethics (including questions of religion, gender, and sexuality), the uses of creative literature in ethics, comparative religious ethics, and the ethics of human rights (especially conceptions of the ground of human dignity and the protection of girls and women from sexual violence).
Dr. Cates is Co-Editor with Dr. Irene Oh (George Washington University) of the Journal of Religious Ethics, which is currently housed at the University of Iowa.
(For complete list, please view Dr. Cates's CV):
- Cates, Diana Fritz ed. (2020). Special Issue: Religious Beliefs and the Morality of Payback. Religions. (ISSN 2077-1444).
- Schnell, Jan Rippentrop, Cates, Diana Fritz (2019). Rethinking Anger as the Desire for Payback. Religions, 10 (11), 618-31.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2019). Relational Complexity and Moral Responsibility. Journal of Religious Ethics, 47 (1), 154-165.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2018). You Deserve to Suffer for What You Did. Journal of Religious Ethics, 771-782 (4), 11.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2017). Approaching the Morality of Emotion: Specifying the Object of Inquiry. J. Corrigan (Ed.), Feeling Religion (pp. 23-52). Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2012). Love: A Thomistic Analysis. Journal of Moral Theology, 1 (2), 1-30.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2010). Experiential Narratives of Rape and Torture. Journal of Religious Ethics, Sumner B. Twiss and John Kelsay, eds., 38/1, 43-66.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (2009). Aquinas on the Emotions: A Religious-Ethical Inquiry. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
- Cates, Diana Fritz, and Paul Lauritzen, eds. (2001). Medicine and the Ethics of Care. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
- Cates, Diana Fritz (1997). Choosing to Feel: Virtue, Friendship, and Compassion for Friends. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press.
- 2020 "The Ethics of Mercy." Keynote address. Ethics Day 2020. Catholic Health Services of Long Island.2017 “The Relational Dynamics of Intimacy and Alterity.” Invited response to Richard Miller, Friends and Other Strangers. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
- 2018 "Religion, Emotion, and Decision Making: The Humanistic Study of Global Health." Plenary address. 2018 Global Health Studies Conference.
- 2017 “Contributions of the Humanities to Cancer Research Advocacy.” Invited address. Fall Speaker Forum. Current Ethical Issues for Breast Cancer Advocates. Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.
- 2017 "The Relational Dynamics of Intimacy and Alterity." Invited response to Richard Miller, Friends and Other Strangers. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
- 2017 "Contributions of the Humanities to Cancer Research Advocacy." Invited address. Fall Speaker Forum. Current Ethical Issues for Breast Cancer Advocates. Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.
- 2017 “Love, Social Criticism, and Structural Injustices: Martin Luther and his Legacy in Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.” Panel presentation. Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 2016 “Theological Study in and as a Community of Friendship.” Invited address. University of St. Catherine. St Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Cates teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in religious studies and ethics:
- Happiness in a Difficult World Course Video
- Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginning of Life Course Video
- Hard Cases in Healthcare at the End of Life Course Video
- First-Year Seminar
- Sexual Ethics
- Religious Ethics
- History of Religious Ethics
- Genes and the Human Condition
- Senior Seminar
- Independent Studies
- Honors Tutorials
- Religion and Emotion in Multidisciplinary Perspective
- 20th Century Christian Ethics
- Teaching and Public Engagement on Topics of Religion
- Ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas
- Ethics of Kierkegaard
- Passions and Religious Affections
- Feminist Ethics
- Readings in Religious Ethics (including Liberation Theology and Ethics, Social Ethics, The History of Ethics, Black and Womanist Ethics, Psychoanalysis and Ethics, Comparative Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Religion and Bioethics).
- 2021-present Co-Editor, Journal of Religious Ethics.
- 2010-present Trustee. Religious Ethics, Inc. Journal of Religious Ethics.
- 2009-2010 Member. Executive Committee. The Society of Christian Ethics.
- 2006-2010 Member. Board of Directors. The Society of Christian Ethics.
- 2003-2010 Member. Editorial Board of the Journal of Religious Ethics.
- 2018 Mentoring Award, Student Research Opportunities Program, University of Iowa Office of Graduate Inclusion.
- 2015 Funded participant, Digital Bridges Summer Institute on Digital Pedagogy, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 2014-2015 Funded participant, American Academy of Religion Collaborative Research Grant, “How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?” PI Dr. John Corrigan, Florida State University.
- 2012 Research and graduate teaching featured in Graduate Education at Iowa (spring edition). “The Ethics of Emotions” by Jennifer Masada.
- 2011 Certificate of Nomination, University of Iowa Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.