Assistant Professor of Environmental Ethics and Director of Doctoral Studies; Affiliated faculty member of the The Program on the Global Environment and The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
PhD (Boston University)
Professor Fredericks' research focuses on sustainability, sustainable energy, environmental guilt and shame, and environmental justice; her work draws upon pragmatic and comparative religious ethics.
She is the author of Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability: Ethics in Sustainability Indexes (Routledge, 2013), and articles in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture; International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology; Environmental Justice, and Ethics, Policy, and Environment. Fredericks co-edits a book series, Religious Ethics and Environmental Challenges (Lexington Press), with Kevin O'Brien. Fredericks, along with colleagues from three other universities, was recently awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Without Walls, a consortium that funds cross-institutional teams researching topics in the humanities. Prof. Fredericks' project, "Being Human in the Age of Humans: Perspectives from Religion and Ethics," seeks to better understand the impact of climate change from a humanities perspective.
Previously Professor Fredericks was Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. She holds a PhD in Science, Philosophy, and Religion from Boston University.
Professor Fredericks is currently working on a book about the ethical dimensions of experiencing and inducing environmental guilt and shame, particularly about climate change.
3/18: The 2018 Brauer Seminar event: Roundtable on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
10/17: Being Human in an Age of Humans: Perspectives on the Anthropocene
Read an interview with Prof. Fredericks in this issue of The Urban Research Review, profiling University of Chicago researchers whose work deepens our understanding of cities.