Dr. Matthew Arbo is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D in Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on early modern moral and political theology, with special interest in questions related to law and economy. Arbo’s current project explores the concept of deceit in the Christian theological tradition. Arbo is the author of Political Vanity: Adam Ferguson on the Moral Tensions of Early Capitalism (Fortress Press, 2014) and, more recently Walking Through Infertility, a resource for churches on the challenges of infertility.
Cliff Arnold is the Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the University of Kansas–Wichita. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of his hospital system’s Ethics Committee, a role for which the Ramsey Fellowship provided a stellar formation. He received an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame and an MD from Indiana University. When he isn’t thinking about psychiatry and ethics, Cliff is caught up in wonder at his two miraculous boys and their inimitable mommy. He is extremely proud to be a PRI alum.
Ian Clausen, currently a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University, earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh. He is a former British Marshall Scholar (2008-2011), and holds the temporary post as Research Associate for the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, based in Cambridge England. Clausen divides his research between Augustinian studies, bioethics, and contemporary moral theology, and has written for a number of academic journals including Augustinian Studies, Radical Orthodoxy, and The Expository Times.
Sally Forsythe Crippen
Sally Forsythe Crippen resides in the greater St. Louis area with her husband Zac and daughter Esther. Sally earned her BA in Philosophy and Music at Valparaiso University and her MA in Bioethics and Medical Law at St. Mary’s University (UK).
Todd Daly is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Urbana Theological Seminary in Champaign, Illinois. His writings have appeared in publications including Ethics & Medicine, The Journal of Evolution and Technology, Christianity Today, and several edited volumes dealing with transhumanist philosophy from a theological perspective, including Transhumanism and Transcendence (Georgetown University Press), and Religion and Transhumanism (Praeger). Dr. Daly also serves on the ethics committee of Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign-Urbana. He is currently writing a book in theological ethics dealing with radical life extension entitled Chasing Methuselah. Dr. Daly holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Edinburgh.
Ashton Ellis, JD, PhD, works as a consultant to the Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) and the Institute for Patients Rights (IPR). He develops curriculum for continuing education units (CEUs) to train physicians, attorneys, and allied professionals on the eligibility criteria for California’s End of Life Option Act; the state’s assisted suicide law. The classes, approved by the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the California State Bar, explain how to identify warning signs for mental health problems and potential coercive social factors. A 2015 Novak Fellow, Ashton’s commentary has appeared at Public Discourse, The Federalist, and The Daily Caller. His dissertation (2016) is titled, Measuring the Disability Rights Framing Effects on Public Opinion about Assisted Suicide: Elite Interviews and an Experimental Survey.
Matthew’s educational background includes business, information technology, and bioethics. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in communications, new media, information technology, and bioethics research. A chapter he wrote, “Human 2.0: Transhumanism as a Cultural Trend,” appears in Everyday Theology: How to Read Texts and Interpret Trends. He is also a contributing author to The New Media Frontier. He co-wrote and co-produced the documentary films Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Anonymous Father’s Day, and Eggsploitation. He is currently a PhD candidate at Fuller Seminary.
Debra Erickson is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Bucknell University. She earned her Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicago and holds a Master’s degree in theology from Regent College (Canada). Her primary areas of interest are social and political ethics, including just war theory, environmental ethics, and university ethics, and she teaches courses in philosophical and religious ethics, medical ethics, and environmental ethics.
Erickson is co-editor of a forthcoming volume of critical essays on the work of Jean Bethke Elshtain with University of Notre Dame Press. Her written work has also appeared online in Sightings, Providence, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In a previous life, she worked as a political aide in local government. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she confronted issues of bioethics and public policy as a citizen well before becoming a scholar.
Ben Frush is a resident training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. He holds his B.A. in psychology from Duke University, Master’s of Christian Studies from Duke Divinity School where he was a Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellow, and his MD from UNC School of Medicine. He is interested in how theology and moral philosophy can inform current conversations involving disability, conscience, end-of-life care, and the moral formation of medical students and residents in pre-clinical and clinical education.
Morgan Fuller is a dual degree student earning her JD and MA in Catholic Studies at University of St. Thomas. She is a Murphy Scholar for the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy and helps run her school’s St. Thomas More Society and Health Law Society. Her interest in bioethics involves biomedical ethics and end of life issues. She hopes to pursue her Ph. D. in Catholic bioethics and is proud to be a fellow for the Paul Ramsey Institute.
Brian Green is Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and adjunct lecturer at the School of Engineering of Santa Clara University. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and his BS degree in genetics from the University of California, Davis. His research interests include the moral evaluation of the technological manipulation of humans (transhumanism), reducing existential risk, the ethics of space exploration, ethical issues in artificial intelligence, and general issues in the ethics of technology.
Aurora Griffin is currently an MBA candidate at The Stanford Graduate School of Business and is on faculty at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. Prior to this, she earned her Masters in Theology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Her undergraduate training is a BA in The Classics, which she earned at Harvard University in 2014. She also wrote a book, How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard (Ignatius Press 2016). Her primary research interests involve ethics with reference to the Western intellectual tradition. She was in the inaugural cohort of Fellows at the Paul Ramsey Institute.
Dylan Griswold is a first-year medical student at Stanford Medical School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College where he studied Chemistry and Comparative Literature. His research interest focuses on improving neurosurgical care in low-resource settings and the ethical issues that arise from humanitarian healthcare. Furthermore, he is interested in how John Paul II’s Theology of the Body has implications for physicians and the way in which they approach complex bioethical decision making.
Paul Kalanithi (1977—2015)
Paul Kalanithi, M.D., was a neurosurgeon and writer. Paul grew up in Kingman, Arizona, before attending Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2000 with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Human Biology. He earned an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge before attending medical school. In 2007, Paul graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine, winning the Lewis H. Nahum Prize for outstanding research and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He returned to Stanford for residency training in Neurological Surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience, during which he authored over twenty scientific publications and received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest award for research. Paul’s reflections on doctoring and illness—he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013— have been published in The New York Times and The Paris Review Daily, in addition to interviews in academic settings and media outlets such as NBC Bay Area. Paul completed neurosurgery residency in 2014 and lived in San Carlos, CA. He is survived by his wife Lucy and their daughter Cady.
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Katarina Lee is a Canadian who graduated from the University of Dallas in 2012. Her senior thesis in Philosophy was entitled “The Ethical Life: The Ethical Implications of Genetic Engineering for Human Enhancement.” She completed her MA in Bioethics in 2013 focusing in reproductive ethics. Her MA thesis was entitled “The Exploitative Nature of Ova ‘Donation.'” Upon graduation from NYU, Katarina began law school and is currently in her second year at the University of Minnesota concentrating in Health Law & Bioethics. In the summer of 2015 she worked as a Blackstone Legal Fellow working at the Comment On Reproductive Ethics in London.
Marc LiVecche is managing editor of Providence: A Journal of Theology and American Foreign Policy and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at The Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, DC. He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago in Religious Ethics where, until her death, his work was supervised by Jean Bethke Elshtain. His dissertation research focused on the articulation of an ethical framework from within the just war tradition that helps combat veterans rupture the link between lawful killing and moral injury. He has enjoyed the Ramsey Fellowship and his collaboration with the Center for Bioethics and Culture for many reasons—chief among them is the exposure to good people doing good work with courage, conviction, and a capacity to bridge what is too often a gap between truth and everyday life, especially in the realm of medical and reproductive ethics. The Ramsey Fellowship meetings have been essential in helping him to think through what it means to be a human being, in particular through giving him a deeper understanding of the relationship between human nature and moral life, and how our basic ethical assumptions lead to actions that either enhance or diminish human flourishing.
David Major is a community member of the University of California Irvine Health Ethics Committee. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. Subsequently, he completed a Master of Science degree in Bioethics. As an attorney, David practiced biodiversity, disability, and administrative law. As a policy specialist, he advocated for improved reporting on end-of-life interventions in California and developed international agreements to protect environmental health. His research interests include neuroethics, beginning and end-of-life issues, biotechnological enhancement, environmental ethics, conscientious refusal in medicine, and the meaning of suffering and dignity.
Elizabeth (Grossman) Moore
Elizabeth (Grossman) Moore is a Ph.D. candidate in chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work focuses on understanding breast cancer pathogenicity with the goal of developing targeted treatments. Her research interests also include biomedical ethics and the moral responsibility of scientists. She completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Westmont College, where she worked as the campus newspaper’s editor-in-chief. An avid reader, she regularly contributes to AAAS’s Science Books & Films review publication.
Bryan C. Pilkington is an associate professor in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Healthcare Administration and School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University.
Dr. Pilkington’s research focuses on questions in moral and political philosophy, in particular on the concept of dignity, and in bioethics, where he is especially interested in questions of conscience, moral responsibility, and the practice of medicine. He lectures on practical ethical challenges in the practice of health care professionals and teaches courses in normative and applied ethics, including courses in ethical theory, medical ethics, business ethics, environmental ethics, and political philosophy.
Dr. Pilkington currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the Editorial Board of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum and Christian Bioethics. Prior to joining the Seton Hall community, Dr. Pilkington served as the Director of Academic Programs at Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education, where he directed Fordham’s MA program in Ethics and Society and Fordham’s minor in Bioethics. Prior to that, Dr. Pilkington was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Aquinas College, where he served as chair. Dr. Pilkington is the winner of two Lilly Foundation Faculty Research Partnership Awards, the 2016 Aquinas College Outstanding Teacher Award, a 2015 Aquinas College Outstanding Scholar Recognition Award Nominee, the University of Notre Dame Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, and the John B. Noss Prize in Philosophy from Franklin and Marshall College. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Matthew Puffer is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Ethics in Christ College, the Honors College at Valparaiso University. His research considers competing accounts of the human person, especially rival versions of the “imago dei” and “human dignity” and their implications for issues in biomedical, environmental, and social ethics. His current book project, Augustine on the Image of God: An Ethical Inquiry, traces Augustine’s understanding of the imago dei as it develops across a half-century of letters, sermons, and treatises. In addition to serving as a Ramsey Fellow, he has been the Patricia H. Imbesi Fellow at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University, a Catherine of Siena Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ethics Program at Villanova University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Puffer co-edited Comparative Religious Ethics: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies and has published in the Harvard Theological Review, Modern Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and in edited volumes. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia.
Evan Rosa is a writer, editor, teacher, and learner. He currently serves as Communications Officer, at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His research interests include moral psychology, virtue ethics, technological ethics, social criticism, and the history of ideas. He holds bachelor degrees in philosophy and linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters degree in philosophy from Biola University. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Eggsploitation and directed communications for the Center for Bioethics and Culture from 2008 to 2013. He was a Ramsey Fellow from 2011 to 2013.
Matthew Rose is the Director and Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute. A scholar of religion, he was previously Ennis Fellow in Humanities at Villanova University, where he taught courses in philosophy, politics, and literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after attending the University of Notre Dame. His publications include Ethics with Barth (Ashgate, 2010).
Dr. Landon Roussel is currently a Senior Resident in Internal Medicine at the Mount Auburn Hospital and a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He earned his M.D. from Cornell Medical College, a master’s degree in bioethics through the Erasmus Mundus program in the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Radboud (Netherlands) and Padua (Italy) and bachelors’ degrees in biochemistry and Hispanic studies from Rice University. He was a member of the inaugural medical cohort for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics through the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. He is the founder of Communitas Primary Care, a direct primary care practice opening Winter 2016 in Baton Rouge. His research interests include distributism, the history of ethics and end of life issues. He is currently publishing a book on the Way of Saint James of Compostelle, which he has walked three times. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Victor Saenz is Executive Director of the Houston Institute. He completed his PhD in philosophy at Rice University in August 2018, where he wrote a dissertation on the relation between Aristotle’s theory of desire and the list of the moral virtues in the Nicomachean Ethics. His research interests include ancient Greek philosophy as well as ethics and bioethics. While at Rice, he served as Senior Managing Editor of bothThe Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Christian Bioethics. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and classics at the University of Notre Dame (2009) and an M.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M (2011).
J. Bailey Sanford is a medical student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School where he was a fellow in Duke’s Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative. His interests in bioethics include drawing on religious ascetic traditions to promote disciplined health maintenance regimens. He has also been engaged in research examining patient perspectives on spiritual care in the world of medicine. As United Methodist clergy, Bailey is interested in facilitating conversations among laypersons around end-of-life issues. In the future, he hopes to work in ecclesial health initiatives in the United Methodist Church.
Prior to his appointment he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University (2015-19) in the History Department and the Program in Political History and Leadership. At the Air War College he teaches courses on the Just War tradition, moral theory, and applied ethics. Strand’s research interests include the political and moral theology of Augustine of Hippo and the Augustinian tradition, ethics and foreign policy, the Just War tradition, bioethics, and moral theory.
He is the author of the forthcoming Gods of the Nations (Cambridge University Press), a historical study of Augustine’s political theology in City of God. He has published articles and book chapters on Augustine of Hippo, Hannah Arendt, and the ethics of euthanasia. He is a a contributing editor at Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. He received his B.A. from University of Minnesota, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Ph.D in Religion and Ethics from University of Chicago.
Christopher White is Program Director for the Paul Ramsey Institute. He holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, The American Interest, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, and Human Life Review, among many other print and online publications. He is co-author of Renewal (Encounter Books, 2013) and a 2013-2014 Robert Novak Fellowship Award Winner. He lives in New York City.