Sr. Elinor Gardner, O.P.

Sister Elinor Gardner is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, Nashville, TN, where she professed her final vows in 2010. Born and raised in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Archdiocese), she is the oldest of nine children. Sr. Elinor received her B.A summa cum laude in Philosophy from St. Anselm College (1999), an elementary teaching certification from Aquinas College (2007), and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College in 2009, writing on St. Thomas Aquinas and capital punishment. She previously taught at the Catholic University of America, where she specialized in ethics and philosophy. 

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Thomas Aquinas


Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 2009
Cert. E. Ed., Aquinas College, 2007
B.A. summa cum laude, Philosophy, St. Anselm College, 1999

Research Interests

Ethics, Thomas Aquinas

Selected Publications

“Nature and Rights: The Meaning of a Universal Agreement on Human Rights,” in Reading the Cosmos: Nature, Science, and Wisdom (American Maritain Association, 2012).