Anna Maria Riedl studied Catholic Theology, German and History in Bamberg (D) and Fribourg (CH). She graduated 2008 as Magister Artium (M.A.). From 2008-2010, she worked as a consultant for theological and ethical questions at the German Caritas. Since 2010, she was a researcher at the Institute for Christian Social Sciences (ICS) at the University of Münster, therefrom 2013-2016 in the DFG funded research project “best interests of the child - a socio-ethical foundation”. In summer 2016, she finished her Ph.D. theol. in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Münster with a thesis on the theological reception of the recognition theory of Judith Butler. From autumn 2017, she worked as a scientific assistant at ICS and took over the editorship of the Yearbook for Christian Social Sciences. Since April 2019, she is teacher and senior research fellow for theological ethics at the Institute for Social Ethics (ISE) of the Theological Faculty of the University of Lucerne.


  • Research Prize for christen Social Ethics 2018 of the Social Institute Kommende Dortmund
  • PHD Award 2016 of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Münster  
  • Gender Equality Award 2012 of the University of Münster


  • AGENDA – Forum of female catholic theologians
  • Forum Social Ethics – a initiative of young scholars in Social Ethics



Research Focuses

  • Social and moral philosophical fundamental questions of theological ethics
  • Issues of recognition and representation, democratic theory and political theology
  • Biopolitics, bioethics, post- and transhumanism
  • Child welfare, children's rights and applied ethics in social work
  • Questions about the relationship and the mediation of theory and practice


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