Pamela M. Hall

Associate Professor

Phone: 404-727-0102

Fax: 404-727-7597


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Department of Religion

Emory University
537 Kilgo Cir., Callaway S214

Atlanta, GA 30322


Pamela M. Hall,  Associate Professor of Religion. Ethics and Society faculty member within the Graduate Division of Religion.  Associated faculty in Theological Studies.  Senior Faculty Fellow in the Emory Center for Ethics.

Pam Hall works in the areas of ethics, theological anthropology, and theology and literature.  She wants to understand the nature and experience of the self, drawing on humanistic work in  philosophy, theology, and literature for help.  She is asking these questions: How can we understand selfhood as a dynamic process?  How does this guide and change our conceptions of the virtues and their work?  And -- what are the richest and most helpful ways to think about these questions?  This leads her to consider imagination’s role in the moral life and why literature, and art more broadly, is crucial for reflection on the human.  She has written on Aquinas’s ethics (Narrative and the Natural Law: An Interpretation of Thomistic Ethics, University of Notre Dame Press, 1994), on the virtues according to MacIntyre, Murdoch, and Nussbaum, and on Baby Suggs, holy, in the novel Beloved.  She is currently thinking about selfhood in relation to saintly life.

Dr. Hall teaches the graduate seminars Recent Virtue Ethics and Theological Ethics and the Novel.  On the undergraduate level, Dr. Hall teaches the courses Literature and Religion and Ethics: Human Goodness.

Dr. Hall received the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities from Emory University in 1992, and she was awarded the Massee-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Chair in Emory College for the term of 1998-2002.  She was Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies from 2003-06.  She has served on the national Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the Profession of the American Philosophical Association.

When she is not writing, teaching, or serving, Dr. Hall also likes to bird watch, garden, and work with her two dogs.  These things too are part of a good life.


Narrative and the Natural Law (1994)