Religion & Bioethics


2004-2007, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Harvard Divinity School
(Visiting Lecturer on Ethics)
Courses taught:
Religion and Biomedical Ethics: Suffering, Compassion, and Care
Frontiers of Bioethics: Embodiment, Personhood, and Social Justice


1997-1998, 1999-2002, PARK RIDGE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HEALTH, FAITH, AND ETHICS, Chicago, IL (Research Associate) Religion, Sexuality, and Public Policy: Co-edited collection of scholarly essays jointly authored a resource guide on issues of sexuality in world religions and American religious denominations. Funded by the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Congregations, Health, and Healing: Co-directed an interfaith, multi-denominational project on religious and public health responses to community violence. Funded by the Chicago Community Trust and Wheat Ridge Ministries. Religion Counts: Observed United Nations debates on population, reproduction, and gender for a project on the role of religion at the United Nations. Funded by the Better World Fund. General Research and Education: Conducted research on issues in population and development, sustainable medicine, adolescent health, and religion and public health. Taught courses on spiritual traditions of aging and the role of congregations in addressing community violence. Religion and Civil Discourse Project: Facilitated interfaith discussion groups and researched issues pertaining to religion, civil discourse, and reproductive health at the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo.

1994, CENTER FOR ETHICS IN PUBLIC POLICY AND THE PROFESSIONS, Atlanta, GA (Summer Intern) Assisted in the establishment of the Georgia Ethics Committee Consortium, a statewide network of ethics committees at health care institutions. Internship funded by grants from the Jack Boozer Fund of the Department of Religion at Emory University and the Governor’s Intern Program of the State of Georgia.



Editor with Steven Ellingson, Religion, Sexuality, and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2002).

With Paul Numrich, Religious Perspectives on Sexuality: A Resource Guide (Chicago: Park Ridge Center, 2001).

Chapters and Articles

“Extending Human Life: Social, Economic, and Cultural Issues,” in Extending Human Life: Scientific, Ethical, and Social Considerations. Challenges for the Church. John Lewis, ed. (Boston: Working Group on Faith and Genetics, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, November 2007).

“Voices from the Pews: Congregants Focus on Health, Healing, and Community Violence,” Park Ridge Center Bulletin 15 (May 2000)

“Religion Counts,” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (September/October 1999).

Book Reviews

Review of Issues for a Catholic Bioethic, Luke S. Gormally (ed.) Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal, 4(1) (2001).

Review of On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics, Stephen E. Lammers and Allan Verhey (eds.) Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal 3(2) (2000).

“Cloning Our Values,” review of The Clone Age: Adventures in the New World of Reproductive Technology, Second Opinion 1 (September 1999).


“The American Way of Death: Aging, Death, and Dying in an Era of Family Fragmentation,” Presentation at the conference “For Children’s Sake: A Summit on Marriage and Family,” sponsored by the Supreme Court of Georgia/Institute for American Values, November 19, 2008.

“Harvard College Stem Cell Symposium,” Panel presentation to the Harvard College Stem Cell Society, October 14, 2006.

“Perspectives on Stem Cell Research: A Multidisciplinary Panel,” Panel presentation to the Harvard College Stem Cell Society, April 7, 2006.

“Religion, Ethics, and Public Health: Connections, Themes, and Applications to the Problem of Violence,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 2002.