Edward A. David



Thesis title: 

Corporate religious liberty: assets, organisations and free exercise in American law


Nigel Biggar


My doctoral research seeks to provide a sound legal and ethical framework by which U.S. courts can identify the types of profiting-making organisations capable of making viable free exercise claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993). I focus upon the relationship between religious belief and the ownership and control of assets, as well as corporate organisational structure. This research is relevant to those who seek a principled understanding of the scope of religious liberty rights asserted by corporate persons.

Research area: 

Christian Ethics


Blackwell’s Scholarship, Blackfriars Hall

Sir Richard Stapley Award

Crewdson Trust Award

Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship (USA)


Selected publications:


David, Edward. 2014. Do business corporations have free exercise rights? A response to James D. Nelson’s social theory of conscience. Master of Studies dissertation, University of Oxford

Conference presentations

David, Edward. April 2014. The Affordable Care Act and the relevance of theological ethics. Futures of Capitalism, Winchester University.

David, Edward. May 2014. The first principle(s) of morality: Thomas Aquinas and Germain Grisez. Catholicism and Critical Theory, Durham University.

David, Edward. April 2016. Can a business exercise religion? Hobby Lobby and the formation of corporate conscience.The Jerusalem-Oxford Conference, University of Oxford.

Other research interests:

Economic inequality, corporate law and philanthropy, sustainable enterprise

Academic-related activities:


Lecturer in Christian Ethics. 2014. Diocese of Oxford & Durham University

DPhil Tutor in Theology. 2016. Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford


Power Shift 2016: Women and Leadership. May 2016. Project manager. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Georgetown University

Social Science & Law Postgraduate Conference. March 2016. Co-convener. Developing a Christian Mind, University of Oxford

Global Entrepreneurship Week. November 2015. Administrator. Goldman Sachs International

Power Shift 2015: Women and Markets. November 2015. Project manager, The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Saïd Business School

Power Shift 2014: Women and Finance. May 2014. Project manager, ExxonMobil, Saïd Business School


Treasurer, Graduate Theological Society 2015-2016

Christians in Academia, The Oxford Pastorate 2015-2016

About me:

Research Associate, McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics & Public Life

Management Consultant, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK

Junior Dean, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

Native of Maryland, USA.

Choral scholar, Oriel College, Oxford.

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