Anna, Susan and Oonagh

“The Margaret Beaufort Institute encompasses three of the things closest to my heart: the Catholic Church, education and women. I firmly believe that the work of the Gospel, like the work of politics or law, needs more than goodwill.”

Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Dr Amy Daughton, Director of Studies

Amy Daughton is a theologian with research interests in intercultural hermeneutics, ethics and political theology. 

Amy’s most recent publication focuses the work of Paul Ricoeur and the ways in which systematic theology might add to his understanding of the ethics of the self and other.  Specifically, this offers a discussion on the usefulness of analogical language for conceiving identity within a multicultural context of translation and the exchange of memories.  Her next writing project will focus on publishing a series of papers on theology, Ricoeur and concepts of development.

Her teaching duties currently include political theology on the Divinity Faculty undergraduate Tripos, University of Cambridge, research ethics for Masters and Doctoral students, and modules on ethics, and systematic theology in its political implications.

Research students working with Amy cover topics on identity in religious life, the theology of twelve step recovery programmes, and the pedagogy of ethics.


B. Phillips, A. Rowlands, A. Daughton (eds.) Political Theology: A Reader (T&T Clark: forthcoming 2017)

A. Daughton, With and For Others. Developing Ricoeur’s Ethics of Self using Aquinas’s Language of Analogy (Herder: 2016)

‘A Polysemy of Promising’ in J. Silverman (ed.), Opening Heaven’s Floodgates (Gorgias: 2013), with W. Brueggemann as respondent.

 ‘Teaching Research Ethics for Arts and Humanities Students’ in C. Russell, L. Hogan, M. Junker-Kenny, (eds.) Ethics for Graduate Researchers: A Cross-disciplinary Approach (Elsevier: 2012).  Second edition forthcoming.

 ‘Paul Ricoeur’s Ethics and Thomas Aquinas’s Analogy’ in J. Verheyden, T.L. Hettema, P. Vandercasteele (eds.) Paul Ricoeur: Poetics and Religion, (Peeters: 2011)

J. Silverman, A. Daughton (eds.), A Land Like Your Own: Traditions of Israel and Their Reception (Wipf and Stock: 2010)

‘Theological Contributions to Peace: Ricoeur, Mutual Recognition and Agape’ in Studying Faith, Practising Peace, (Irish Peace Centres with EU Peace III: 2010)


"I believe that learning about theology in and with a community should be about learning to use that theology. Whether this is in a pastoral or a civic context, we are called to be able to give of the best of our tradition. One of our roles as theologians then is also to help seek for theology a properly reflective role in public discourse. We must speak with a supportive and critical voice."