Fellows

Rich Eva

Rich Eva is a philosophy doctoral student at Baylor University, specializing in applied ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law.  He has published philosophical work on religious liberty and on social philosophy in Marx and Kierkegaard.  He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in philosophy and earned a certificate in the Values and Public Life program.  While at Princeton, he was an all-conference varsity wrestler.  Prior to Baylor, he was an assistant vice president in the legal department of Barclays Bank in New York City where he negotiated securitization contracts.  Bioethics was one of the topics that led Rich into philosophy, and he is excited to continue exploring bioethical issues. 

Dallas Gingles

Dallas Gingles is the Associate Director of the Houston-Galveston Extension Program of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he teaches courses in moral theology, systematic theology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and bioethics. His research focuses on grave moral ambiguity. His current work includes a monograph entitled The Morality of Sovereignty: Everyday Ethics and the Exceptional, that argues that the modern concept of political sovereignty is intrinsically morally aspirational, and a co-edited volume on the future of Christian realism. He has published in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Political Theology Network, and is a frequent contributor to The Dallas Morning News.

Julie Dotterweich Gunby

Julie Dotterweich Gunby is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy & Bioethics at Saint Louis University. Her research interest is in nursing ethics and clinical decision making, particularly the ways that virtue ethics and virtue epistemology can be employed to improve perinatal morbidity & mortality. She has practiced for ten years as a Certified Nurse Midwife and serves on the ethics committee at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Atlanta where she delivers babies for underinsured women and teaches obstetrics to medical residents. Prior to becoming a nurse-midwife, Julie received a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. 

Silas Hasselbrook

Silas Hasselbrook is a Master of Divinity student at Concordia Theological Seminary.   He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Parish Music and minors in Philosophy and Bioethics. While at seminary, he was nominated for the Student Publications Chair in which he edited academic journals featuring students’ work. Additionally, he is currently a Teaching Assistant for an introductory Philosophy course at his alma mater. Some of his research interests include thanatology, sexual ethics, existentialism, phenomenology, and urban sociology. Upon graduation from Concordia Theological Seminary, he intends to be ordained and pursue further graduate study in bioethics. 

Justin R. Hawkins

Justin R. Hawkins is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at Yale University pursuing a combined PhD between the departments of Religious Studies and Political Science. His research interests focus on Christian social ethics and political theology. His dissertation, entitled “Crowned with Glory and Honor: The Virtue of Magnanimity, and its Discontents” examines the reception of the classical virtue of magnanimity in the Stoics and the Greeks, its reception among the Christians through Scholasticism and Augustinianism, its rejection by the architects of early modern capitalism, and the possibility of a constructive retrieval of the democratic virtue of magnanimity. 

Thomas Holcombe

Thomas Holcombe is an active-duty physician in the United States Navy. He is currently assigned as a flight surgeon with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO-EIGHT (HSC 28). He is currently enrolled at Trinity International University Masters of Arts in Bioethics program. This past year, he was commissioned as a fellow in the Colson Fellowship. He graduated from Covenant College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2016. His interests lie with the theology of the body, personhood, and human sexuality. 

Aaron Klink

Aaron Klink is chaplain at Pruitt Hospice in Durham, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology in Political Science from Emory University, his Master of Science in Systematic Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School where he interned with the Yale Bioethics Center. He also received a Master of Theology in Ethics at Duke Divinity School where he was the Westbrook Fellow in the Program in Theology and Medicine. His Duke thesis, written while working with veterans suffering from PTSD and Moral Injury,explored the theological implications of anti-depressant medications. He is interested in end-of-life ethics, palliative care, theological interpretations of suffering, psychiatric disability studies, the role of chaplains in medical systems, and how communities care for the sick. His publications appear in many journals including the American Journal of Bioethics. 

Bharat Ranganathan

Bharat Ranganathan is the Elmer J. Beamer-Hubert S. Schneider Fellow in Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies from Indiana University, he held postdoctoral fellowships from the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, both at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests are in religious ethics and moral and political philosophy.

Grace Emily Stark

Grace Emily Stark is a San Diego-based editor, writer, and speaker. She is the Editor of Natural Womanhood, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of authentic women’s health, and co-host of The Natural Womanhood Podcast. In 2019, she was awarded a Robert Novak Alumni Fund Journalism Fellowship to write a series of longform articles on the history of birth control and the need for a more authentic vision of women’s health and reproductive care. Grace holds a M.A. in Bioethics & Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago, and her Master’s thesis was published in The Linacre Quarterly. Grace holds a B.S. in Healthcare Management & Policy from Georgetown University, and during her time there, she worked in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and was a co-founding member of both the Undergraduate Bioethics Society and the Undergraduate Bioethics Bowl team. Grace is most interested in the practical applications of bioethics, and uses her knowledge in bioethics to inform her writing, and her work in public policy and advocacy.