Douglas Hicks CV

Douglas Hicks is dean of Oxford College, and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion, at Emory University.


Harvard University, M.A., 1995. Ph.D., 1998.
Study of Religion (allied field: Economics). Advisors: Ronald Thiemann, Amartya K. Sen.
Yale University, Exchange Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, 1997-1998.
Duke University, M.Div. summa cum laude, 1993.
Davidson College, A.B. magna cum laude with Honors in Economics, 1990.


University Appointments and Leadership Experience

  • Emory University
    • Dean of Oxford College, July 2016-present.
    • William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religion, Oxford College, 2016-present.
    • Affiliate Professor of Religion, Candler School of Theology, 2016-present.
      • Serve as the chief officer of Oxford College, one of the nine schools of Emory University. Oxford College, located on the historic campus of Emory and founded in 1836, educates one-quarter of Emory University’s entering undergraduates for their first two years of college in an intensive liberal arts curriculum. Responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the College, with about 970 students, 100 faculty, and 125 staff, and annual budget of $65 million. Serve on Emory University’s academic leadership team, reporting to Emory’s Provost and collaborating closely with Emory’s President. Oversee the divisions of academic affairs; campus life/student affairs; finance and administration; library; communications; religious life; and human resources; with shared supervision of admission/financial aid/enrollment management and advancement/alumni engagement.
  • Colgate University
    • Provost and Dean of the Faculty, 2012-2015.
    • Senior Advisor for Academic Initiatives, 2015-2016.
    • Professor of Religion, 2012-2016.
      • Served as chief academic officer; responsible for faculty personnel, curriculum, and instructional budgets. Managed 14 direct reports: associate provosts, associate deans, academic division directors, athletics director, university librarian, chief information officer, museums director, and associate vice-president of institutional planning/research. Co-led, with President Jeffrey Herbst, Colgate’s strategic planning process, 2012-2014. Stewarded major gifts for internationalization of $5.5 million and supported ongoing matching gift initiatives of $3 million. Oversaw annual budget of $85 million in division. Chaired university budget and financial planning committee for overall university budget of $175 million.
  • University of Richmond
    • Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, 2010-2012. Associate Professor, 2004-2010. Assistant Professor, 1998-2004.
    • Chair, University-wide Committee on Committees, 2011-2012.
    • Chair, University Faculty Council, 2008-2010.
    • University Budget Committee, 2008-2010.
    • Provost Advisory Committee, 2007-2010.
    • Strategic Plan Steering Committee, 2008-2009.
    • Founding Director/Executive Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, 2004-2009.
      Chaired faculty committee to develop vision and plan for center. Secured use of $15 million endowment to create vibrant hub of academic, co-curricular, and community initiatives. Built staff from original 3 to 12 employees. Initiated collaborative research program, civic internships, and faculty development grants for community-based courses. Integrated the Bonner Scholars Program—at 100 students, the largest in the country—into the center. In 2008-2009, developed the UR Downtown initiative, stewarding major gift from university trustee for the space and program.


Additional Higher-Education Leadership Experience

  • Board of Trustees, Agnes Scott College, 2019-present.
  • Board of Trustees, Duke University, 1993-1996.
  • Duke Presidential Search Committee, 1992. Duke Presidential Review Committee, 1996.
  • President, Academy of Religious Leadership, 2009-2010.
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of Virginia chapter, 2009-2010.
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Richmond, 2005-2006.
  • Chair, Religion and the Social Sciences section, American Academy of Religion, 2004-2009.
  • Chair, Ethics and Political Economy group, Society of Christian Ethics, 2001-2005.


Selected Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Institutional Grant to Emory University on “Humanities Pathways,” co
  • Principal Investigator with Michael Elliott, $1,250,000. 2019.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Planning Grant to Emory University on “Humanities Pathways,” co-Principal Investigator with Michael Elliott, $52,000. 2018.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Officer’s Grant to Colgate University on “Adapting Online Learning to Enhance the Liberal Arts,” Principal Investigator, $91,280. 2014.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institutional Grant to Colgate University, “Sophomore Residential Seminars at Colgate University,” Principal Investigator, $700,000. 2012.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institutional Grant to Colgate University, Planning Grant on “Technology in Teaching the Liberal Arts at Colgate University,” Principal Investigator, $50,600. 2012.
  • State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), Outstanding Faculty Award. 2012.
  • Spain’s Ministry of Education and Science, International Researcher Sabbatical Grant. 2007. Project title: “Liderazgo Político y Diversidad Religiosa en España, Referencia Especial a Andalucía y Granada.” Department of Political Science, Universidad de Granada.
  • Templeton Foundation, In Character Prize for op-ed writing (with Jonathan B. Wight). 2006.
  • Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond. August 2006.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities grant support. Project title: “Religious Pluralism and Leadership.” Summer 2001.
  • Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Sigma (economics); Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership); Golden Key (honorary faculty inductee).




  • Hicks, Douglas A. Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in Today’s Economy. Practices of Faith series, ed. by Dorothy C. Bass. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
  • With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Paperback edition published in 2010.
  • Religion and the Workplace: Pluralism, Spirituality, Leadership. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Inequality and Christian Ethics. New Studies in Christian Ethics, number 16. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Edited Books

  • Hicks, Douglas A., and Thad Williamson, editors. Leadership and Global Justice. The Jepson Studies in Leadership series, ed. by George R. Goethals, Terry L. Price, and J. Thomas Wren. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Hicks, Douglas A., and Mark Valeri, editors. Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today’s Economy. The Eerdmans Religion, Ethics, and Public Life series, ed. by Jean Bethke Elshtain and John D. Carlson. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Wren, J. Thomas, Douglas A. Hicks, and Terry L. Price, editors. The International Library of Leadership. Volume I: Traditional Classics on Leadership. Volume II: Modern Classics on Leadership. Volume III: New Perspectives on Leadership. Aldershot, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004. Paperback edition of Traditional Classics on Leadership published in 2005.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Inequality, Justice, and the Myth of Unsituated Market Exchange.” The Journal of Religious Ethics 47/2 (June 2019): 337-354.
  • —– and Rachel Templeton. “Mapping Interfaith Leadership in Richmond, VA.” The Journal of Religious Leadership 12/1 (spring 2013): 111-134.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Reframing the Economics of Pastoral Leadership.” The Journal of Religious Leadership 8/1 (spring 2009): 73-95.
  • —–. “Self-Interest, Deprivation, and Agency: Expanding the Capabilities Approach.” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 25/1 (spring 2005): 147-167.
  • —–. “Religion and Respectful Pluralism in the Workplace: A Constructive Framework.” The Journal of Religious Leadership 2/1 (spring 2003): 23-51.
  • —–. “Spiritual and Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Implications for Leadership.” The Leadership Quarterly 13/4 (October 2002): 379-396.
  • —–. “Gender, Discrimination, and Capability: Insights from Amartya Sen.” The Journal of Religious Ethics 30/1 (spring 2002): 137-154.
  • —–. “Inequality, Globalization, and Leadership: ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ across National Boundaries.” Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 21 (2001): 63-80.
  • —–. “The Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index: A Constructive Proposal.” World Development 25/8 (August 1997): 1283-1298.
  • —–. “The Taizé Community: Fifty Years of Prayer and Action.” The Journal of Ecumenical Studies 29/2 (spring 1992): 202-214.

Additional Articles and Essays

  • Hicks, Douglas A., and Suzy M. Nelson. “Are You Ready to Work with Student Demonstrators?” University Business, March 2016 issue.
  • —–. “How Economic Inequality is a Theological and Moral Issue.” Interpretation: A Journal for Bible and Theology vol. 69 no. 4 (2015): 432-446.
  • —–. “Les Religions a la Feina: Gestió d’un potencial.” (Translation from Catalan: “Religions at Work: Managing Their Power/Potential.”) Dialogal: Quaderns de l’Associacio. UNESCO per al Dialeg Interreligios no. 40 (winter 2011): 10-17.
  • —–. “Introduction: Charisma and Religious Leadership.” Journal of Religious Leadership vol. 9 no. 2 (fall 2010): 1-6.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. and Mark Valeri.“Good Samaritans in a World Economy.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin 37/2-3 (spring/summer 2009): 8-11.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Fragile Alliances: Overcoming Interfaith Suspicions,” The Christian Century 126/5 (March 10, 2009): 30-35.
  • —–. “Memo to the Candidates: What Leading a Devout and Diverse Nation Requires.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 24, 2008, B14-15.
  • —–. “Star Power: The Limits of Celebrity Activism.” The Christian Century 123/6 (March 21, 2006): 23-24. Reprinted as “Celebrity Activism is Limited.” In Can Celebrities Change the World?, ed. by Roman Espejo, pp. 20-24. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009.
  • Fasching, Jillian M. and Douglas A. Hicks. “Famine as Leadership Failure.” Concepts and Connections: A Publication for Leadership Educators 14/2 (2006). National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, University of Maryland.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Paved with Good Intentions: The Politics of National Service.” The Christian Century 119 (July 31/August 7, 2002): 10-11.
  • —–. “The Customer is NOT Always Right: The Moral Perils of Market Principles.” Sojourners 28/2 (March/April 1999): 24-27.

Selected Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings

  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Prosperity, Theology, and Economy.” In Pentecostalism and Prosperity: The Socio-economics of Global Renewal, ed. by Amos Yong and Katy Attanasi (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • —–. “Making a Good Living.” In On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life, ed. by Dorothy C. Bass and Susan R. Briehl, pp. 117-132. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2010.
  • —–. “Global Poverty and Bono’s Celebrity Activism: An Analysis of Moral Imagination and Motivation.” In Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today’s Economy, ed. by Douglas A. Hicks and Mark Valeri, pp.43-62. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008.
  • —–. “Public-Sector Leadership, Development, and Ethics: The State of the Literature and Central Questions for Future Work.” In World Ethics Forum: Conference Proceedings, ed. by Charles Sampford and Carmel Connors, pp. 149-169. Queensland, Australia: The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (UN University, Griffith and Queensland University of Technology with the Australian National University), 2007.
  • —–. “Ethical and Theological Challenges in Globalization.” Proceedings of the Maryville Symposium: Conversations on Faith and the Liberal Arts, ed. by Ronald Wells, pp. 3-18. Maryville, TN: Maryville College, 2007.
  • —–. “Inequalities, Agency, and Well-Being: Conceptual Linkages and Measurement Challenges in Development.” In Understanding Human Well-Being, ed. by Mark McGillivray and Matthew Clarke, pp. 101-116. Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2006. Also published under same title as United Nations University (UNU) World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) Research Paper 2004/31, 2004.
  • Price, Terry L. and Douglas A. Hicks. “A Framework for a General Theory of Leadership Ethics.” In Quest for a General Theory of Leadership, ed. by George R. Goethals and Georgia Sorenson, pp. 123-151. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Ethical Diversity and the Leader’s Religious Commitments.” In The Quest for Moral Leaders: Essays on Leadership Ethics, ed. by Joanne B. Ciulla, Terry L. Price, and Susan E. Murphy, 45-61. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005.
  • —–. “The Hunger Index” and “Technical Note: The Hunger Index.” In Hunger 2001: Foreign Aid That Works (Eleventh Annual Report on the State of World Hunger). Washington: Bread for the World Institute, 2001: 113-115, 132-133.

Contributions to Reference Collections

  • Hicks, Douglas A. Entries on “Economic Justice,” “Globalization,” “Jesus,” “Poverty and Inequality,” and “Religious Studies.” In Encyclopedia of Leadership, ed. by James MacGregor Burns, Georgia Sorenson, and George R. Goethals. 4 vols. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group/Sage, 2004.
  • Eck, Diana L., Rebecca K. Gould, and Douglas A. Hicks. “Encountering Religious Diversity: Historical Perspectives.” In On Common Ground: World Religions in America CD-ROM, by Diana L. Eck & the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. 2nd ed. 2002.

Book Reviews

  • Hicks, Douglas A. Review of Miroslav Volf, Allah: A Christian Response (New York: HarperOne, 2011). Presbyterian Outlook April 4, 2011.
  • —–. Review of Stephen Green, Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010). The Christian Century vol. 127 no. 23 (November 16, 2010).
  • —–. Review of Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (New York: Penguin, 2005). CrossCurrents 56/1 (spring 2006): 139-140.
  • —–. “Taming the Beast: The Virtues of Corporate Life.” Review of William Greider, The Soul of Capitalism (Simon & Schuster, 2004) and Jonathan B. Wight, Saving Adam Smith (Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2002). The Christian Century 121/6 (March 23, 2004): 24-27.
  • —–. “Thinking Globally: Making Sense of a Shrinking World.” Review of Robert Gilpin, Global Political Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), Max Stackhouse and Associates, God and Globalization, Volumes I and II (Trinity Press International, 2000/2001). The Christian Century 118/34 (December 12, 2001): 14-17.
  • —–. “Economic Goods: Making Moral Sense of the Market.” Review of Charles E. Lindblom, The Market System (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001) and Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (New York: Knopf, 1999). The Christian Century 118/27 (October 10, 2001): 20-23.
  • —–. Review of Glen Stassen, ed., Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 1998). Religious Studies Review 25/3 (July 1999): 278.
  • —–. Review of Daniel Rush Finn, Just Trading: On the Ethics and Economics of International Trade (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996). Religious Studies Review 24/3 (July 1998): 280.
  • —–. “Christianity and the Tangled Web of Capitalism.” Review of Paige Smith, Rediscovering Christianity: A History of Modern Democracy and the Christian Ethic (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994). Religion and Values in Public Life 3/1 (fall 1994): 7-8.

Selected Opinion-Editorials

  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Democrats Can Win Over Religious Voters—Here’s How.” The Hill. November 21, 2019.
  • —–. “Faith in Our Leaders is Vital for Democracy.” The Hill. January 11, 2019.
  • —–. “Commentary: Why We’ll Never Have Another Billy Graham.” Fortune. February 22, 2018.
  • —–. “President Lincoln, History Still Have Lessons for America,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 21, 2017.
  • —– and Patrick D. Reynolds. “The Liberal Arts Contribution to edX.” The Huffington Post, March 31, 2014:
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “How Should Christians Cope with ‘Christmas Wars’?” Washington Post “On Faith” forum, December 8, 2010:
  • —–. “Mosque Controversy Showcases Failure to Lead American Public to Understanding,” Washington Post “On Leadership” forum, August 23, 2010:
  • —–. “Obama’s Moral Challenge in Haiti,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 24, 2010.
  • —–. “President Can Welcome Religion in Public Life,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 18, 2009, E1.
  • —–. “Leadership in a Devout and Diverse City,” Richmond Magazine Online, December 24, 2008.
  • —–. “Listen to What Candidates Say about Religion,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 12, 2007. Re-issued by Religion News Service, August 22, 2007.
  • Wight, Jonathan B., and Douglas A. Hicks. “Disaster Relief: What Would Adam Smith Do?” The Christian Science Monitor January 18, 2005: 9. Reprinted in University of Richmond Alumni Magazine 67/3 (spring 2005): 48.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Let’s Pledge to Respect Differing Beliefs.” The Providence Journal July 6, 2002.
  • —–. “Some Faith-Based Dangers” (letter to the editor). The Wall Street Journal February 27, 2001.
  • —–. “A Human Face for Economics.” Journal of Commerce October 27, 1998.


Invited Lectures and Talks

  • “Should Leaders Focus on Poverty or Inequality? Ethical and Policy Perspectives” Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, February 25, 2019.
  • “Does God Take Sides?” Convocation Address, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, August 24, 2017.
  • “Religious Diversity on Campus: Building Mutual Respect in ECU’s Classrooms and Workplace.” East Carolina University, April 20, 2016.
  • “How Economic Inequality is a Moral Issue.” Theologian in Residence Program, Fort Collins, Colorado, October 30, 2014.
  • “How Business Leaders Can Manage Religiously Diverse Workplaces.” The Foundation for Religious Literacy’s Faith and Leadership Seminar, New York City, September 18, 2013.
  • “The Dynamism of Traditions.” Founders’ Day Convocation Address, Colgate University, August 26, 2012.
  • “Integrating Faith and Economic Life: Reformed Perspectives.” Keynote address, Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington annual convocation, National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC, January 22, 2011.
  • “Religious Freedom at Work: Faith and Spirituality in Organizations,” Katharine Cookson Religious Freedom Lecture, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA, October 18, 2010.
  • “Bienestar, Bien Común, y Liderazgo” (Well-being, Common Good, and Leadership”), Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, July 14, 2010.
  • “A Vision for Leadership,” Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron, March 22, 2010.
  • “Religious Diversity as an Issue of Pastoral Leadership,” Pastor’s Study series, Yale University Divinity School, October 6, 2009.
  • “Strange and Familiar Coworkers: Overlapping Discourses of Religion and Spirituality in Business,” invited lecture, Business Across Religious Traditions program, Harvard University, October 5, 2009.
  • “Setting Our Eyes on the Right Prizes: Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.” Keynote address, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, Atlanta, October 19, 2008.
  • “Ethical and Theological Challenges in Globalization.” Keynote address, Maryville Symposium on Faith and the Liberal Arts, Maryville College, October 19, 2007.
  • “Moral Agency of the Poor and the Well-Connected: Framing an Agenda for Addressing Global Poverty.” Invited address, Religion, Economy, and Poverty Conference, Religion and Economy faculty research group, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, Vanderbilt University, October 17, 2007.
  • “Spirituality, Religion, and Leadership: Descriptive and Normative Approaches.” Keynote address, conference on “Spirituality and Leadership: Professional and Faith-Based Perspectives,” Loyola University, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Chicago, June 9, 2006.
  • “The Pitfalls of Analyzing Religion as a Means to Social Ends.” Religion, Political Economy and Society Project Seminar series, Harvard University, October 12, 2005.
  • “Poverty, Inequality, and Economic Justice.” Department of Economics Senior Session, Davidson College, March 21, 2005.
  • “Religious Differences and Common Purposes: Life Together in a Pluralistic Society.” Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, Davidson College, March 20, 2005.
  • “Is Creativity a Religious Concept?” Pew Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public, Keynote Lecture Series, University of Missouri, March 3, 2005.
  • “The Faith-full Workplace: Appropriate Roles for Religion and Spirituality,” Doctoral Residency in Leadership Studies, Regent University, August 13, 2004.
  • “Ethics, Inequality, and Development,” Department of Economics Senior Session, Davidson College, April 29, 2002.
  • “Globalization, Inequality, and Christian Ethics,” Shenandoah University Ethics Series, April 4, 2002.


Conference Presentations

  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Communities of Practice and Public Leadership.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Atlanta. November 3, 2016.
  • —–. “Leadership and the Liberal Arts.” Northeast Deans of Faculty annual meeting, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, November 8, 2013.
  • —–. “Blending Students’ Academic and Out-of-Class Experience: How Faculty and Student Affairs Administrators Can Work Together.” New England Deans meeting, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, March 28, 2013.
  • Hicks, Douglas A., and Rachel Templeton. “Mapping Interfaith and Civic Leadership in Richmond, Virginia.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, London. October 2011.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Leadership within Religious Communities: What is Distinctive and What is Common?” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Boston, October 30, 2010.
  • —–. “Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Prague. November 13, 2009.
  • —–. “Barack Obama and the Moral Complexities of Leadership,” International Leadership Association annual meeting. Prague. November 12, 2009.
  • —–. “Authors Meet Critics: Two Books on Religion and Presidential Leadership (presentation on With God on All Sides).” American Academy of Religion. November 8, 2009.
  • —–. “Globalizing Spain: Islam, Immigration, and Convivencia.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Los Angeles. November 14, 2008.
  • —–. “Shaping an Inclusive Culture: Three Cases of Religious Diversity and Public Leadership.” The Jepson School Summer Institute for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, University of Richmond. May 21, 2008.
  • —–. “Leadership amid Religious Diversity: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.” Academy of Religious Leadership annual meeting, Minneapolis. April 26, 2008.
  • —–. “Ethics and Economics.” Keck Workshop on Leadership across the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA. June 15, 2007.
  • —–. “Global Poverty and the One Campaign: An Analysis of Moral Imagination and Motivation.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Religion and the Social Sciences section, Washington, DC. November 19, 2006.
  • —–. “Public-Sector Leadership, Development, and Ethics: The State of the Literature and Central Questions for Future Work.” World Ethics Forum: The Joint Conference of The International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE) and The World Bank. Theme: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity in Public Life, Keble College, Oxford, UK. April 9, 2006.
  • —–. “Self-Interest, Deprivation, and Agency: Expanding the Capabilities Approach.” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Chicago. January 11, 2004.
  • —–, and Jonathan Zur. “A Multi-Party Framework of Service Learning.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Guadalajara, Mexico. November 8, 2003.
  • Hicks, Douglas A. “Inequalities, Agency, and Well-Being.” Invited paper, “Inequality, Poverty, and Human Well-Being” conference, World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), United Nations University, Helsinki, Finland. May 30, 2003.
  • —–. “Teaching Ethics and Economics through Service Learning.” Association for Social Economics annual meeting, Washington, DC. January 3, 2003.
  • —–. “A Map of Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Religion and Social Sciences section, Toronto. November 25, 2002.
  • —–. “Transforming Leadership, Cosmopolitanism, and Global Poverty.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Seattle. November 15, 2002.
  • —–. “Religion and Respectful Pluralism in the Workplace.” The Art of Teaching and Practicing Leadership, Administration, and Finance conference, sponsored by Claremont School of Theology and the Lilly Endowment, Atlanta. April 28, 2002.
  • —–. “Religious Pluralism and Leadership.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Miami. November 2, 2001.
  • —–. “Inequality, Globalization, and Perceptions of Well-Being: ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ across National Boundaries.” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Chicago. January 6, 2001.
  • —–. “The Common Good in Contemporary Religious Thought.” Presentation for panel: “Leadership and the Common Good: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” International Leadership Association annual meeting, Atlanta. October 23, 1999. (Read in absentia). Also delivered at Virginia Social Sciences Association Meeting, Richmond. March 18, 2000.
  • —–. “Gender, Discrimination, and Capability: Learning from Amartya Sen.” Presentation for panel: “A Nobel Moment for Ethics and Economics: Amartya Sen’s Thought and Religious Ethics.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Religion and Social Sciences section, Boston. November 22, 1999.
  • —–. “Inequalities, Needs, and Leadership.” Leaders/Scholars Association annual meeting, Los Angeles. November 14, 1998.
  • —–. “Solidarity in National and Global Contexts: Insights from Economic Theory.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Religion and the Social Sciences section, San Francisco. November 23, 1997.
  • —–. “Is Time Money?: Work, Vocation, and the Well-lived Life.” Invited paper at ethics symposium in honor of Thomas E. McCollough, Duke University. September 26, 1997.
  • —–. “Evaluating Inequalities in Development: A Cross-Country Comparison.” Invited paper sponsored by the Department of Religion, Duke University. February 27, 1997. Also delivered in revised form for the Yale-Harvard-Boston College Annual Ethics Colloquium. April 4, 1997.
  • —–. “Inequalities and Necessities: Expanding the Human Development Index.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Ethics section, New Orleans. November 24, 1996.
  • —–. “Liberation Theology and Liberal Justice?: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Rawls’s Difference Principle.” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Ethics section, Philadelphia. November 18, 1995.
  • —–. “Economic Justice: Contexts, Commitment, and Capability.” Delivered at Dean Rusk Conference on “Conscience and Foreign Policy,” Davidson College. February 21, 1994.


Academic Projects

  • Research affiliate, The Pluralism Project of Harvard University, 2003-present.
    Seminar member, “Vocation and the Professions,” Collegeville Institute Seminar, led by Kathleen Cahalan, St. John’s University, funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2011.
  • Convenor, with Thad Williamson, “Leadership and Global Justice.” 2011 Jepson Colloquium, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, January 28-29, 2011.
  • Researcher/writer, Economics of Pastoral Leadership, Pulpit and Pew Project of Duke Divinity School and Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2004-2007. Co-authors: James Hudnut-Beumler (Vanderbilt Divinity School) and Christopher Coble (Lilly Endowment, Inc.).
  • Convenor, with Mark Valeri, “Christian Faith and Economic Life,” 2004 Colloquy of the Institute for Reformed Theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary.
  • “Core seminar” member, Pulpit and Pew: Research on Pastoral Leadership (phase I), sponsored by Duke University Divinity School and funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., 1999-2004.



Emory University

Mellon Faculty Seminar: Work, Labor, and the Professions (co-convened with Michael Elliott) throughout 2019-2020 with humanities faculty from Oxford College and Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Colgate University

Course: Religion, Faith, and Social Ethics (team-taught with Steven D. Kepnes).

University of Richmond

Courses: Leadership and the Common Good (a Sophomore Scholars in Residence course), Justice and Civil Society, Leadership Ethics, Leadership and Religious Values (cross-listed with Religion), Leadership and the Humanities, Ethics and Economics (a Keck Interdisciplinary Initiative course team-taught with Jonathan Wight and cross-listed with Economics), Leadership in International Contexts (cross-listed with International Studies), Leadership in Social Movements (taught Languages-Across-the-Curriculum section in Spanish), Junior Honors Tutorial, Senior Honors Thesis.

Union Presbyterian Seminary (Visiting Associate Professor, 2007)

Course: Christianity and the Market: Moral Arguments and Public Leadership

Harvard Divinity School (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2003)

Courses: Ethics, Globalization, and Development; Christianity and the Market.


Additional University Service

Emory University

Search Advisory Committee, Emory College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Chair, 2016-2017.

Colgate University

Search Committee, Vice President of Business and Finance, Chair, 2013-2014.

University of Richmond

Richmond Scholars Steering Committee, 2011-2012.
University Committee on Committees, 2008-2012.
University Faculty Council, 2007-2010.
Culture & Languages Across the Curriculum (C-LAC) Committee, 2010-2012.
Dependent Care and Work-Life Balance Task Force, 2008-2009.
University Planning and Priorities Committee, 2005-2006.
University ad hoc committee on Course Credit & Graduation Requirements, 2005-2006.
University Faculty Admissions Committee, 2004-2006.
International Education Strategic Plan Committee, 2004-2005.
Jepson Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 1998-2006; 2009-2010. Chair, 2001-2002.
Jepson Community Relations ad hoc Committee, 2003-2006.
Chair, University Chaplain Search Committee, 2003-2004.
Chair, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Faculty Planning Group, 2003-2004.
Chair, Phi Beta Kappa campus chapter Nominating Committee, May 2003-2004.
Institutional Review Board, 2002-2004.
University Task Force on Community Service, 2002-2004.
Planning Team, “Dialogues in Black, White, & Beyond,” Student Affairs, 2002-2004.
Oldham Scholarship Selection Committee, 2002.
University Provost-less Evaluation Committee, 2000.


Ecclesiastical Status and Positions

Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament), Presbyterian Church (USA). Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, 2017-present. Presbytery of the James, 1998-2017. Parish Associate: Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA, 2010-2012; Bon Air Presbyterian Church, Bon Air, VA, 1998-2009; Clarendon Hill Church, Somerville, MA, 1995-1998.


Professional Affiliations

International Leadership Association.
American Academy of Religion.
Society of Christian Ethics.
Academy of Religious Leadership.


Additional Professional Service

The Foundation for Religious Literacy
Academic advisory board, 2009-present.
Council for America’s First Freedom, Richmond
National program advisory board, October 2002-2012.
Journal of Religious Leadership
Editorial board, 2002-2006, 2011-2015.
Presbyterian Outlook
Editorial board, 2011-2012.
Bread for the World Institute, Washington, D.C.
Experts consultation group, Hunger 2000 and Hunger 2001 reports.
Davidson College and the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Alumni advisory panel, project on “Exploration of Vocation,” 2000-2003.
James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland
Research grants selection committee, 2000.
Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
Statewide faculty coordinator, VFIC Ethics Bowl annual competition, 1999-2001.


Additional Community Involvement

Board Member, Arts Association of Newton County, 2017-present.
Board Member, Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce, 2019.
Honorary Council Member, Oxford City Council, August-September 2016.
Board of Directors, Virginia Poverty Law Center, 2004-12.

Coach, Hamilton Little League, 2013-2015.
Coach, Hamilton Hoops youth basketball, 2014-2015.
Coach, Richmond Little League, 2010-2012.

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Douglas A. Hicks

Oxford College of Emory University
801 Emory Street
Oxford, GA 30054 | (770) 784-8300