Bharat Ranganathan

Bharat Ranganathan studies religious ethics and moral and political philosophy. He also has longstanding interests in method and theory in the study of religion and the philosophy of religion. His current book project, On Helping One’s Neighbor: Religious Ethics, Obligations to Others, and Severe Poverty, draws from conversations in Christian ethics and moral and political philosophy to develop a demanding account of obligations to assist the severely poor.


Ranganathan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing and EnvironmentalChange Initiative. He is currently researching the biological, ethical, and theological implications of anthropogenic environmental degradation. Specifically, drawing from Pope Francis’s recent call for an “integral ecology,” Ranganathan will focus on issues concerning the introduction of Pacific salmon to the Great Lakes. Developing a grammar that draws from biology, ethics, and theology, Ranganathan’s research will aim to offer normative proposals that are morally cognizant of the interconnectedness of all life.