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Barbara J. Freres

Faculty - Religious Studies




(414) 410-4844


BH Bonaventure Hall 2082


Box 439


Barbara Freres, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has been a member of the Religious Studies/Philosophy Department since 2006. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, History and English from Marquette University and a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Her main areas of interest are ethics, bioethics, philosophy of the environmental and logic. She presently serves on the board of the organization, University Faculty for Life, and is a member of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Healthcare and Bioethics Committee. Dr. Freres’ favorite part of teaching is introducing students to the discipline of philosophy, guiding them through Platonic dialogues and facilitating students’ dialogue with each other about ‘the most important things’.


  • B.A., Marquette University
  • M.A., Catholic University of America
  • Ph.D., Catholic University of America


Ethics; Bioethics; Logic; Political Philosophy; Environmental Ethics

Publications & Presentations

“On Pope Francis and the Consistent Life Ethics” Proceedings of the 29th Annual Life and Learning Conference, 2019. 

Book review in the Linacre Quarterly Vol 85, no. 4 (Nov. 2018) “A Defense of Dignity, Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience” by Christopher Kaczor 
“Pope Francis on Integral Ecology, the Common Good, and the Technocratic Paradigm” at “The Ethical City” Annual Conference, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, April, 2019 

Why Stritch?

"Cardinal Stritch University is a great place to teach and to learn. Faculty, staff and administration work hard to make the student experience academically and socially fulfilling and enjoyable. My colleagues in my department and throughout the university are experts in their fields and very supportive of my work. I learn so much being part of this university. "

- Barbara J. Freres