Kristin M. Haas

Kristin M. Haas
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Department of Theology
  • Graduate Fellow (2020-2021)
  • Christian approaches to the natural world, language, and gender
  • Graduate Fellow (2021-2022)
  • "The Ecological Significance of Louis Bouyer’s Historical and Eschatological Theology"

Kristin M. Haas is a doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Haas investigates the significance of the natural world in the Catholic theological tradition and in philosophical modernity, with particular attention to contemporary debates in ecological theology, eschatology, and Trinitarian theology. Haas’s dissertation, “The Ecological Significance of Louis Bouyer’s Historical and Eschatological Theology,” makes a Catholic intervention in these debates through a retrieval and interpretation of the work of the French theologian Louis Bouyer of the Oratory (1913-2004). Despite Bouyer’s deeply learned historical theological approach and his immense impact on the Church in the twentieth century, his thought has not yet been received in academic theology. Alongside this dissertation, Haas is interested broadly in dialogue with ecological and feminist thought and in the way religious communities, particular saints, and the global Church respond with resilience to contemporary challenges, from internal corruption and indifference, to political economic, cultural, and technological changes that may obstruct the formation of Christians in love.

Haas completed a Master of Theological Studies at Boston College and a Master of Arts in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude through Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program in the Program of Liberal Studies and International Peace Studies. She has presented her research to the College Theology Society, the McGrath Institute’s conference on Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity, and Yale University’s conference “Ecological Placemaking Amidst Crises,” among other forums.

Haas’s research and teaching have been supported by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, the Indiana University South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future, the McGrath Institute for Church Life, the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. She is originally from Davenport, Iowa.