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Dr. Laura Hartman

Associate Professor - Environmental Studies

Department: Environmental Studies
Office: 104 Annex- West




Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) 2008
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) 2005
B.A., Religious Studies with Area Certificate in Environmental Studies, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), 2001

Research & Teaching Interests

Environmental ethics; religion and ecology; environmental justice; transportation (especially buses); feminist ethics; climate change; climate engineering; animals; virtue ethics


RAISE (Roanoke Area Interfaith Stewards of the Earth)

BRRAG (Bus Riders of Roanoke Advocacy Group)


  • Hartman, Laura M., ed. That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Hartman, Laura M. The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Recent Publications

  • "The Case for Buses: Interdisciplinary Ethical Arguments in Support of Strong Public Transit," co-authored with Kathleen M. Wooley and Ryan C. Tucker (undergraduate students). Under review at Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
  • “Cooperativeness as a Virtue of Sustainability.” Jason Kawall, ed. The Virtues of Sustainability, Oxford University Press, 2021.

  • The Good, the Wild, and the Native: An Ethical Evaluation of Ecological Restoration, Native Landscaping, and the ‘Wild Ones’ of Wisconsin,” co-authored with Kathleen M. Wooley (undergraduate student). Environmental Values (2020).

  • “From Place to Emplacement: The Scalar Politics of Sustainability,” co-authored with Elizabeth Barron of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Frederik Aagard Hagemann of Lund University (Sweden). Local Environment (2020).

  • “Climate Engineering and the Playing God Argument,” Carnegie Journal of Ethics and International Affairs, 31 no. 3 (2017): 1-21. 
  • “Wrestling With Wickedness: A Response.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 21 (2017) 87-95. 
  • “Healing the Climate? Christian Ethics and Medical Models for Climate Geoengineering.” Forrest Clingerman and Kevin O’Brien, eds. Calming the Storm: Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering, Lexington Books (2016). 129-148.
  • “Environmental Modesty: Recovering an Ancient Virtue to Address Contemporary Problems.” Journal of Religious Ethics 43 no. 3 (September 2015): 475-492. 
  • “Streets to Live In: Justice, Space, and Sharing the Road,” co-authored with David Prytherch of Miami University (Ohio). Environmental Ethics 37 no. 1 (Spring 2015): 21-44. 
  • “Sabbath-Keeping as an Environmental Practice.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 15 no. 1 (March 2011).
  • “Consuming Christ: The Role of Jesus in Christian Food Ethics.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 30 no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2010).

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Buses and other transportation as it relates to environment and ethics

Environmental justice

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Christianity and the environment; religion and ecology; climate change; environmental justice; transportation; consumption and consumerism; environmental ethics; animal ethics