Fellows

Matthew Arbo

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, due for release next year, Giver of Life, a resource for churches on the challenges of infertility. His essays and articles appear in several edited volumes and journals, including Political Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. Arbo is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics, and Evangelical Theological Society.

Debra Erickson

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

Ben Frush is a medical student at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarly Concentration track, class of 2018. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Christian Studies at Duke Divinity School where he is a Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellow. His research interests include theological bioethics approaches for engaging questions involving those with intellectual disabilities and end-of-life care, as well as the moral formation of medical students and residents in pre-clinical and clinical education. He plans on applying for residency in pediatrics or med-peds, and is honored to be a Paul Ramsey Institute fellow.

Dylan Griswold

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.

Elizabeth Grossman

Elizabeth Grossman 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.

David Major

David Major is a student of health care ethics with the National Catholic Bioethics Center and will be continuing his studies with the MS in Bioethics program at the University of Mary. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and UCLA School of Law. As an attorney, David practiced biodiversity law; as a policy specialist, he developed and promoted the implementation of treaties intended to improve environmental health. His research interests include bioethics, natural law theory, administrative law, environmental ethics, human ecology, and the meaning of suffering and community.

Matthew Puffer

Matthew Puffer is an assistant professor of humanities and ethics in Christ College at Valparaiso University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Christ College faculty he was a Catherine of Siena Fellow in the Ethics Program at Villanova University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching explore competing normative visions of the human person, especially rival versions of the imago dei and human dignity, and their implications for issues in biomedical, economic, environmental, and war and peace ethics. He is currently working on a monograph that examines Augustine’s understanding of the imago dei as it develops across a half-century of letters, sermons, and treatises. Puffer co-edited Comparative Religious Ethics: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies and has published in 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.

Victor Saenz

A native Mexicali, Baja California Mexico, along the US-Mexico border, Victor Saenz is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Rice University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Classics at the University of Notre Dame and holds a Masters in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. His dissertation explores the role of non-rational desire in Aristotle’s account of the moral virtues and rational agency in the Nicomachean Ethics. Since the summer of 2014 he has served as the Senior Managing Editor for The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press). In addition to his research interests in the history of philosophy and the history of ethics, he is especially interested in exploring how ancient philosophy and neo-Aristotelianism can shed light on contemporary bioethical questions.

James Sanford

J. Bailey Sanford is an M.Div. student at Duke Divinity School and a Fellow in Duke’s Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative. He also holds an M.Ed. in special education from the University of South Carolina. His interests in bioethics include the intersections between theological and philosophical understandings of disability and biomedical practices. He has also been engaged in research examining patient perspectives on spiritual care in the world of medicine. As a pastor-in-training, 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.