Cliff Arnold is an MD candidate at Indiana University School of Medicine, and an MA candidate in Notre Dame’s History and Philosophy of Science program. His current research interests include the history, philosophy, and ethics of Psychiatry, and medical ethics in general. He considers it a huge privilege to be a participant in the Paul Ramsey Institute.
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 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 is a PhD candidate in political science at Claremont Graduate University. He earned degrees from Baylor University and Pepperdine University School of Law. Previously, he taught courses in constitutional law, foreign policy, and immigration at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine. A 2015 Robert Novak Fellow, Ashton’s commentary has appeared at Public Discourse, The Federalist, and The Daily Caller. His current research interests include bioethics, health care, social policy, and political philosophy.
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 and is Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics and Culture.
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 a Rhodes Scholar earning her Masters in Theology at Oxford University. She graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a BA in the Classics. There, she served as President of the Catholic Student Association and founded a club for Christian pre-medical students to volunteer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Her research interests primarily involve practical ethics, especially bioethics, with reference to the Western intellectual tradition. She studied neuroethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome in the summer of 2012 and was in the inaugural cohort of Fellows at the Paul Ramsey Institute.
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.
Visit Paul’s website for more information on his life and to read selections of his writings.
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.
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.
Evan Rosa is a writer, editor, teacher, and learner. He is editor of The Table, a multimedia publishing platform produced by the Biola University Center for Christian Thought, where he directs communications and marketing. He is also adjunct professor of philosophy at Biola University. 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, directed communications for the Center for Bioethics and Culture from 2008 to 2013, and was a Ramsey Fellow from 2011 to 2013. He lives in Fullerton, CA with his wife and three children. Find more of his work at evanrosa.com.
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.
Daniel Strand is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. He earned his PhD in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago. His research interests are in the history of political thought in the West, Christian ethics, and contemporary social and political ethics. His current research is focused on developing a comprehensive historical and conceptual account of St. Augustine’s political theology in City of God, and a second project on the place of the doctrine of God in the development of Just War moral reasoning.
Strand teaches courses in philosophical and social ethics, Christian ethics, the history of philosophy, and the history of ideas in Western civilization, especially antiquity and late antiquity. He has published work on Augustine’s moral theology. He has been happily married for eleven years and has three boys who have way too much energy.
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.