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Mark Gammon

Matthew Simpson Endowed Chair in Religion / Associate Dean of General Education and First Year Program / Professor of Religion
Mark Gammon teaches courses in theology and ethics. He also is director of Simpson’s general education and first-year programs.


Mark Gammon grew up in Richmond, Virginia, with frequent visits to his family’s farms in Louisa and Lunenburg counties. He loves cooking, superheroes, film, guitars, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives in Des Moines with his wife Eva Jablonski and their daughter Wanda.



  • Christian Theology and Ethics
  • Political Theology
  • Religion and Politics
  • Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations



  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Simpson College, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, 1990



  • Ph.D. in Theological Ethics, Boston College, 2006
  • M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, 1996
  • B.A., Religion & Philosophy, Hampden-Sydney College, 1991


Selected Publications

  • “Human Rights as an Ecumenical Problem.” Public Theology and the Global Common Good, Kevin Ahern, Meghan J. Clark, Kristin Heyer, Laurie Johnston, eds. (Orbis, 2016)
  • “Free Speech and the Protection of Children.” Church and State Issues in America Today, Steven Jones & Anne Duncan, eds. (Praeger Press, December 2007).
  • ‘A Fatal but Sure Sign’: Moral Theology and Jewish Suffering (dissertation, 2005).
  • “Our Failure to React: Method in Moral Theology after the Holocaust.” Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in an Age of Genocides, John K. Roth & Elisabeth Maxwell, eds. (Palgrave, 2001).
  • “A Legal Affair” (Fiction). C-Ville Review (Jan. 1991); winner of first annual fiction competition.