Administrative Experience Director, Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies, 2014-2015
Director, Program in Applied Ethics, John Carroll University, 1997-2010
Chair, Department of Religious Studies, 1999-2003
Director, Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies, 1993-1997
Work in Progress Just war tradition and international law. With Amos Guiora, I have convened a working group on just war tradition and international law. The group consists of scholars in both ethics and law who have met for the past two years to facilitate a cross-disciplinary approach to the ethics of war. The group is scheduled to present its work at the National War College in the fall 2016.
The Ethics of Operational Psychology. The role of psychologists in the regime of enhanced interrogation ushered in after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 deeply divided the field of psychology. I have been working with psychologists in an effort to construct ethical guidelines for psychologists working in national security contexts.
Ethics and Accountability. Among the conclusions reached in my book The Ethics of Interrogation, is that professions must insist on accountability for their members. Without accountability, there is an erosion of the public trust that is necessary to flourishing professions. This study examines how the lack of accountability threatens a variety of professions, including psychology, ministry, and policing.
The Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror (Georgetown University Press, 2013). [Winner, 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu book award in philosophy/ethics]
Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001). (Edited volume).
Medicine and the Ethics of Care (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2001). (Edited with Diana Fritz Cates).
Pursuing Parenthood: Ethical Issues in Assisted Reproduction (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993).
Religious Belief and Emotional Transformation - A Light in the Heart (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1992).
Articles, Review Essays, Chapters in Books:
“Lawful but Awful: The Moral Perils of Drone Warfare,” Commonweal, January 2015.
“Reproductive Technology in Suffering’s Shadow,” in Bioethics and Suffering, Ronald Green and Nathan Palpant, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2014).
“Not Your Founder’s Bioethics,” Hastings Center Report July/August 2013: 43-45.
“Keeping Covenant: William F. May and the Crisis in Bioethics,” Commonweal, February 2013: 10-13.
“Counterterrorism, Dignity, and the Rule of Law,” Soundings 95/4 (2012): 452-67.
“Thinking Like a Mountain: Nature, Wilderness, and the Virtue of Humility,” in The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment, ed. by Gregory Kaebnick (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011): 114-129.
“Humming with Mystery: Synthetic Biology and Playing God,” Commonweal, April 8, 2011.
“Technology and Wholeness: Oncofertility and Catholic Tradition,” in Oncofertility: Ethical, Legal, Social, and Medical Perspectives, Teresa Woodruff, et al., editors (New Yorker: Springer 2010).
“Ethics of the Everyday: a Profile of Gilbert Meilaender,” Commonweal, May 21, 2010.
“Torture Warrants and Democratic States: Dirty Hands in an Age of Terror,” Journal of Religious Ethics 38/1 (2010): 93-112.
“Visual Bioethics,” American Journal of Bioethics 8/12 (2008): 50, and Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ‘Visual Bioethics,’” American Journal of Bioethics 8/12 (2008): W2.
“From Rescuing Frozen Embryos to Respecting the Limits of Nature: Reframing the Embryo Adoption Debate,” in Sara-Vaughan Brakman and Darlene Fozard Weaver, eds. The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition: Moral Arguments, Economic Reality and Social Analysis (New York: Springer, 2007).
“Daniel Callahan and Bioethics,” Commonweal (June 1, 2007): 8-15. (Commissioned profile of Callahan).
“Stem Cell Research and Catholic Moral Theology: From Embryo Status to the Common Good,” Memphis Theological Seminary Journal, 46 (2006): 37-50.
“Response to Richard B. Miller’s Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine,” Journal of Religious Ethics 34/1 (March 2006): 151-61.
“Holy Alliance? Politics and ‘Culture of Life’ Rhetoric,” Commonweal (March 24, 2006): 14-17.
“Caring at the End: Lessons from the Schiavo Case,” Commonweal (March 10, 2006): 14-16.
“Humanities and Atrocities: A Response to Sumner Twiss,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 25/1 (2005): 235-46.
“Stem Cells, Biotechnology, and Human Rights: Implications for a Posthuman Future,” Hastings Center Report, 35/2 (2005): 25-33.
“Report on the Ethics of Stem Cell Research.” Appendix G in Monitoring Stem Cell Research: A Report of the President’s Council on Bioethics, 237-72. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2004.
“Arguing with Life Stories: The Case of Rigoberta Menchu,” in The Ethics of Life Writing, ed. Paul John Eakin (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).
“Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Heating Up the Dialogue,” The Lahey Center Medical Ethics Newsletter 9/2 Fall (2002): 6-7.
“Expanding the Debate Over Stem Cell Research,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 41/3 (Fall 2002): 238-39.
“Broadening the Debate on Cloning and Stem Cell Research,” America (February 4, 2002): 22-23.
“The Gift of Life and the Common Good,” Hastings Center Report 31/1 (2001): 29-35. (With Michael McClure, Martin L. Smith and Andrew Trew).
“Neither Person Nor Property: Embryo Research and the Status of the Early Embryo,” America (March 26, 2001): 20-23.
“Adequate Images and Evil Imaginations: Ethnography, Ethics and the End of Life” in Caring Well: Religion, Narrative, and Health Care Ethics, Edited by David H. Smith (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000): 64-88.
“The Knowing Heart: Moral Argument and the Appeal to Experience,” Soundings 81/1-2 (Spring/Summer, 1998): 212-34.
“Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Think No Evil: Ethics and the Appeal to Experience,” Hypatia 12/2 (Spring 1997): 83-104.
“Ethics and Experience: The Case of the Curious Response,” Hastings Center Report 26/1 (January-February, 1996): 6-15.
“Whose Bodies, Which Selves: Appeals to Embodiment in Assessments of Reproductive Technology,” in Embodiment, Morality, and Medicine, Edited by Lisa Sowle Cahill and Margaret Farley, (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1995): 113-26.
“The Self and Its Discontents: Recent Work on Morality and the Self,” Journal of Religious Ethics 22/1 (Spring 1994): 189-210.
“Listening to the Different Voices: Toward a More Poetic Bioethics,” in Theological Analyses of the Clinical Encounter, Edited by G.P. McKenny and J.R. Sande, (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1994): 151-69.
“On Being Medieval Without Menace: Catholic Magisterial Teaching as a Source for Bioethics,” in Religious Methods and Resources in Bioethics, Edited by Paul Camenisch, (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1993): 301-22.
“DI’s Dirty Little Secret,” Politics and the Life Sciences (August, 1993): 188-89.
“Reflections on the Nether World: Some Problems for a Feminist Ethics of Care and Compassion,” Soundings 75/2-3 (Summer/Fall 1992): 383-402.
“Experience as Truth? Feminist Ethics, Experience and Reproductive Technology,” Bioethics News 11/1 (October 1991): 8-19.
“It Hain’t the Money, but the Principle o’ the Thing: Some Problems with Surrogate Motherhood” (Monograph published by The Poynter Center, Indiana University, 1991).
“Pursuing Parenthood: Reflections on Donor Insemination” Second Opinion 17/1 (July 1991): 57-76.
“Errors of an Ill-reasoning Reason: The Disparagement of Emotions in the Moral Life,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 25 January (l99l): 5-21.
“What Price Parenthood? Reflections on the New Reproductive Technologies,” Hastings Center Report 20/2 (March/April l990): 38-46.
“A Feminist Ethic and the New Romanticism - Mothering as a Model of Moral Relations,” Hypatia 4/2 (Summer l989): 29-44.
“Emotions and Religious Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (Fall l988): 307-24.
“Forgiveness: Moral Prerogative or Religious Duty?” Journal of Religious Ethics 15 (Fall l987): 141-154.
“Is ‘Narrative’ Really a Panacea? The Use of ‘Narrative’ in the Work of Metz and Hauerwas” The Journal of Religion 67/3 (July 1987): 322-39.
“Philosophy of Religion and the Mirror of Nature: Rorty’s Challenge to Analytic Philosophy of Religion,” International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 16 (1984): 29-39.
Op-eds: “Political Responsibility and Human Trafficking,” National Catholic Reporter November 9, 2011. (On the conflict between the US bishops and the Obama administration on services for victims of trafficking.)
“Rules Must Apply to Public and Private Research,” ThePlain Dealer May 20, 2005. (On the need to regulate all stem cell research).
“Cleveland Must Open a New Front in War on Terror.” ThePlain Dealer, 18 May 2004.
“Regulate Stem Cell Research,” The Plain Dealer, August 14, 2003 (On the need to regulate stem cell research in both the public and private sphere)
“War Must Be the Last Resort,” The Plain Dealer, September 27, 2002 (On use of pre-emptive military force in Iraq).
“Should Intelligent Design Be Taught in Science Class? No: It Isn’t Even Good Theology,” The Columbus Dispatch March 8, 2002 (On the debate to include “intelligent design” in the science curriculum in Ohio).
“It’s Bad Science – and Bad Religion” The Plain Dealer, March 8, 2002 (On the debate to include “intelligent design” in the science curriculum in Ohio).
“Wrong Vocabulary, Wrong Focus,” The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2001 (On proposed ban on human cloning).
“There’s No Logic in this Compromise,” The Plain Dealer, August 15, 2001 (On President George W. Bush’s policy on stem cell research).
“Abortion: The Prequel?” The Plain Dealer, June 25, 2001 (On federal funding of stem cell research).
Reviews: Rev. of John Evans’ The History and Future of Bioethics, Commonweal (October 29, 2012).
Rev. of Adam Briggle’s A Rich Bioethics: Public Policy, Biotechnology, and the Kass Council. Commonweal (December 17, 2010).
Rev. of Paul Lombardo’s Three Generations, No Imbeciles and Victoria Nourse’s In Reckless Hands, Commonweal (April 10, 2009).
Rev. of Robert P. George’s and Christopher Tollefsen’s A Defense of Human Life, Commonweal (May 23, 2008).
Rev. of Michael Sandel’s The Case Against Perfection, Commonweal (February 15, 2008).
Rev. of Amir Aczel’s The Jesuit and the Skull, The Plain Dealer (October 14, 2007).
“Learning from history and repeating it anyway” review of Jane Maienschein, Whose View of Life? Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells, Medical Humanities Review 18/1 & 2 (Spring and Fall 2004): 69-72.
“Seeing Ourselves as Natural Objects” review of Holland, Lebacqz, and Zoloth eds., The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, Medical Humanities Review, 16/2 (Fall 2002): 76-78.
Review Essay of Mary Lyndon Shanley, Making Babies, Making Families and Maura Ryan, The Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction, The Hastings Center Report 32/5 Sep-Oct. 2002: 43-45.
Rev. of Aaron Mackler’s, Life and Death Responsibilities in Jewish Biomedical Ethics, Theological Studies 63/1 (Dec. 2001): 850-51.
Rev. of Carson Strong’s, Ethics in Reproductive and Perinatal Medicine: A New Framework, Politics and the Life Sciences 17/2 (September 1998): 221-22.
Rev. of James w. Walters’s, What Is A Person? An Ethical Exploration, Theological Studies 59/3 (September 1998): 560.
Rev. of Susan Hekman’s, Moral Voices, Moral Selves: Carol Gilligan and Feminist Moral Thought, Religious Studies Review 24/1 (January 1998): 52.
Rev. of Ted Peters’s, For the Love of Children: Genetic Technology and the Future of the Family, Theological Studies 58/4 (1997): 756-58.
Rev. of Daniel Callahan et al., A World Growing Old: The Coming Health Care Challenges, Ethics 107/4 (July 1997): 779-80.
Rev. of Ruth Macklin’s, Surrogates and Other Mothers: The Debates over Assisted Reproduction, Ethics 102/2 (January 1996): 476-77.
Rev. of Michael Walzer’s, Thick and Thin: Moral Arguments at Home and Abroad, Religious Studies Review 21/2 (April 1995): 121.
Rev. of Robert Louden’s Morality and Moral Theory, Religious Studies Review 20/2 (April 1994): 134-35.
Rev. of Alan Geyer and Barbara Green’s Lines in the Sand: Justice and the Gulf War, Religious Studies Review 20/2 (April 1994), 136.
Rev. of Claudia Card’s Feminist Ethics, Religious Studies Review 19/1 (January 1993): 61.
Rev. of Geoffrey Galt Harpham’s Getting It Right: Language, Literature and Ethics, Religious Studies Review 19/1 (January 1993): 62.
Rev. of James Walter and Thomas Shannon, ed. Quality of Life: The New Medical Dilemma, Ethics 102/4 (July 1992): 891-92.
Rev. of Robert Blank’s Regulating Reproduction, Religious Studies Review 18/2 (April 1992): 135.
Rev. of Owen Flanagan and Amelie Rorty, ed. Identity, Character, and Morality, Religious Studies Review 18/2 (April 1992): 132.
Rev. of J. Giles Milhaven’s Good Anger, Religious Studies Review 17/4 (October 1991): 342.
Rev. of Sharon Welch’s A Feminist Ethic of Risk, Religious Studies Review 17/4 (October 1991): 341.
Rev. of Edmund Pellegrino, John Collins Harvey, and John Langan, ed. Gift of Life: Catholic Scholars Respond to the Vatican Instruction, Religious Studies Review 17/3 (July 1991): 246.
Rev. of Paul Ramsey ed., Ethical Writings: The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 8, Religious Studies Review 17/2 (April 1991): 150.
Rev. of Wayne Booth’s The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction, Religious Studies Review 17/1 (January 1991): 57.
Rev. of Douglas Sturm’s Community and Alienation: Essays on Process Thought and Public Life, Religious Studies Review 16/4 (October 1990): 335.
Rev. of Linda Whiteford and Marilyn Poland ed., New Approaches to Human Reproduction, Religious Studies Review 16/4 (October 1990): 337.
Rev. of Richard H. Bell ed., The Grammar of the Heart: New Essays in Moral Philosophy and Theology, Religious Studies Review 15/4 (October l989): 349-50.
Rev. of Edmund Santurri’s, Perplexity in the Moral Life, Religious Studies Review 14/4 (October l988): 363.
Rev. of Wayne Meeks’s, The Moral World of the First Christians, Patristics 16/1 (July 1987): 2.
Rev. of Robert Veatch’s, The Foundations of Justice, Religious Studies Review 13/4 (October l987): 336-37.
Rev. of Bonidell Clouse’s, Moral Development - Perspectives in Psychology andChristian Belief, Religious Studies Review 12/2 (April 1986): 134.
Rev. of Lawrence Blum’s Friendship, Altruism and Morality,Religious StudiesReview 9/2 (April 1983): 157.
Rev. of William Neblett’s The Role of Feeling in Morality,Religious StudiesReview, 8/2 (April 1982): 170.
SelectedLectures or Presentations “Ethics, Mitochondrial Transfer, and the Teleology of the Body” Presented at Symposium on Ethics, Theology, and the Limits of Ethics, Princeton University, April 2015.
“Torture, Targeted Killing, and the Moral Significance of Grief,” Lehigh University, September 2013.
“Counterterrorism, Dignity, and the Rule of Law,” Indiana University, Fall 2012.
“Synthetic Biology and Playing God,” Fall Academy of Religion, College of Wooster, September 2011.
“Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror.” Three-part lecture series. Northwestern University, May 2011.
“Capacities and Human Rights: A Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff,” Veritas Forum, Northwestern University, April 2011.
“Humming with Mystery: Synthetic Biology and Playing God,” Northwestern University, November 2010.
“Reflections on the Embryo Adoption Debate,” University of Connecticut, Spring 2009.
“Technology and Wholeness: Ethical Issues Raised by New Fertility Preservation Techniques with Cancer Patients, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Spring 2009.
“Stem Cell Research, Embryo Status, and Justice: Toward a Common Ground” Presentation at The International Seminar on “Dilemmas of Stem Cell Research,” Sponsored by the Islamic Organization of Medical Sciences in collaboration with UNESCO and the WHO (EMRO), Cairo, Egypt, November 2007.
“Piercing the Veil of the Familiar: ‘Nature,’ the new Grotesque, and the Bioethical Imagination,” Presentation sponsored by the Poynter Center at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, March 2006.
“Changing Course on End-of-Life Teaching? Catholic Teaching in the Aftermath of Schiavo,” St. John’s University, March 2006.
“The Ethics of Medical Genetics: Pursuing Genomic Medicine without Reducing Ourselves to Artifacts,” Presentation at a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, The Vatican, November 2005.
“Viewing Stem Cell Research through the Lens of Contemporary Art,” Keynote address, McGill Bioethics Conference, “Living Ethics: From Stem Cell to Life Extension,” Montreal, November 2005.
“Why Markets and Liberal Arts Education Don’t Mix: Some Problems with Commodifying Higher Education,” Presentation at a conference entitled, Ethics: The Guiding Light - The 12th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, New York City, October 2005.
“Stem Cells, Biotechnology, and Human Rights: Implications for a Posthuman Future,” Cleveland Mind/Brain Group, May 2005.
“From SOA to Abu Ghraib: Torture as Government Policy,” Social Justice Teach-In, Cleveland, March 2005.
“Cyborgs, Centaurs, and Other Hybrids: Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Research,” Presentation, Florida State University, October 2003.
“Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Research,” Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics, Loyola University (Chicago) School of Medicine, September 2003.
“Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Research” Presentation to the President’s Council on Bioethics, July 2003.
“The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and the Future of Assisted Reproduction,” Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, March 2003.
“Where the Use of Placebos Puts Patients at Risk: What Price Knowledge?” (Lecture jointly sponsored by the Joseph Slifka Center and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University).
“Parenthood and the Story of Our Lives: Reflections on the Future of Reproductive Technology” (Keynote address at a Conference on “New Conceptions: Test Tubes, Technology and the Pursuit of Parenthood,” Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon).
“Navigating the Ethical Land Mines” (Presentation at a Conference on “Insights Into Infertility: Challenges and Choices,” Columbus, Ohio).
“Secrecy and Donor Insemination: The Moral Issues” (Presentation to the Ethics Committee of MacDonald Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio).
Panelist (with Sidney Callahan, and Thomas Shannon) Symposium on Artificial Reproduction and the Family, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
Panelist (with Margaret Farley, Timothy O’Connell, and Margareta Stokes Tucker), Catholic Theological Society of America, Topic: Sexual Ethics and the Experiential Criterion.
Panelist (with Randy Kandel, Sheila Kuehl, and Sandi Fischer), Conference “Families by Design,” jointly sponsored by the Bioethics Institute of UniHealth America, The Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, The Hastings Center, and the Alyce Vrolyk Center for Bioethics, Topic: Being a Family: Defining Ourselves.
“On Being Medieval Without Menace: Catholic Magisterial Teaching as a Source for Bioethics,” The University of Pittsburgh.
Panelist (with Warren Reich and Rosemarie Tong), The Deemer Symposium, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. Topic: Surrogate Motherhood and Reproductive Technology.
“Experience as Truth? Feminist Ethics, Experience, Ethics, and Reproductive Technology,” Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Featured Speaker, The National Bioethics Conference Sydney, Australia. Topic: Surrogacy and Donor Insemination.
“It Hain’t the Money but the Principle: Some Problems for Surrogate Motherhood,” The Poynter Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Invited Speaker, The Philosophy Club, Wooster College Wooster, Ohio. Topic: Ethical Issues in Reproductive Technology.
Respondent, “The Ethic of Care and the Ethic of Rights,” Eighteenth Annual Philosophy Colloquium, The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. ConferenceTopic: Moral Agency and the Fragmented Self: Feminism and Moral Psychology.
Teaching Experience 1996- Professor, John Carroll University