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EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

CURRICULUM VITAE



  1. Name: Jonathan Kadane Crane



  2. Office Address: 1531 Dickey Drive, Room 180

Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Telephone: 404-727-8236

Fax: 404-727-7399




  1. E-mail Address: jonathan.k.crane@emory.edu



  2. Citizenship: United States of America



  3. Current Titles and Affiliations




    1. Academic Appointments



      1. Primary Appointments




        1. Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical Track, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, 2016 – present




        1. Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2010 – present




      1. Joint and Secondary Appointments




        1. Associated Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University, 2016 – present




        1. Affiliate Associate Professor, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University, 2016 – present




        1. Member, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 2015 – present

          1. Primary Affiliation, Jewish Religious Cultures

          2. Associated Affiliation, Ethics and Society



  1. Previous Academic and Professional Appointments




        1. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Research Track, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, 2010 – 2016




        1. Associated Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University, 2010 – 2016




        1. Affiliate Assistant Professor, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University, 2011 – 2016




        1. Adjunct Faculty, Department of Religion, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2008 – 2009




        1. Adjunct Faculty, Department of Philosophy and Religion, King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 2008




        1. Adjunct Faculty, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 2008, 2009




        1. Teaching Assistant, Department of Religion, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2005 – 2008




        1. Visiting Instructor, Department of Political Science, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, 2004




        1. Teaching Assistant, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1996 – 1997




  1. Education



AB, summa cum laude, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, 1991 – 1995

MA, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1996 – 1997

MPhil, first class honors, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, 1997 – 1998

MA, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, New York, 1998 – 2002

Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, New York, 1998 – 2003

PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2004 - 2009





  1. Postgraduate Training

Jewish Covenantal Politics and the Politics of Covenant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dana Hollander, PhD, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2010




  1. Continuing Professional Development Activities

Course Development Discussion Group. Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, Summer 2017.




  1. Committee Memberships




    1. National and International



Society of Jewish Ethics (SJE) Program Committee, Assistant Chair, 2007

Farm Forward, Board of Directors, 2007 – present

SJE, Board Member at Large, 2007 – 2009

SJE, Program Committee Chair, 2008, 2009

SJE, Secretary-Treasurer, 2009 – 20011

American Academy of Religion (AAR), Scriptural/Contextual Ethics Consultation Steering Committee, 2009 – 2012

SJE, Vice-President, 2011 – 2013

SJE, Bioethics Group Steering Committee, 2011 – present

Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), Program Committee Member, 2012, 2013

SJE, President-Elect, 2012 – 2013

Judaism, Science and Medicine Group, Program Committee Member, 2012 – present

SJE, President, 2013 – 2015

AAR, Comparative Religious Ethics Steering Committee, 2013 – present

American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), Religious Studies Program Subcommittee Leader, 2013 – 2014

AAR, Presidential Taskforce on Membership, 2014 – 2015

SCE, Inter-Society Relations Committee, 2014 – present

Farm Forward, Executive Committee of Advisory Board, 2014 – present

ASBH, Jewish Bioethics Affinity Group Chair, 2014 – present

T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Halachah Working Group, 2014 – present

SJE, Past-President, 2015 – 2017

SJE, Leadership Nominating Committee, 2015 – present


    1. Regional



Workshop Planning Committee, Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia, 2011

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Advisory Board, 2014 – present




    1. Institutional



Curriculum Advisory Committee, Master of Arts in Bioethics, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2010 – present

Graduate Fellowship Committee, Master of Arts in Bioethics, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2010 – present

9/11 Memorial Program Committee, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2011

Chair, Center Food Policy Committee, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2013 – 2014

Graduate Admissions Committee, Jewish Religious Cultures, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 2015 – present

Member, Sustainability Committee, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2015 – present

Member, Faculty Development Committee, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, 2015 – present

Member, Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund, Emory University, 2017 - present




  1. Peer Review Activities




    1. Grants

i. National and International


Scholarship Committee, Society of Jewish Ethics, 2012 – present

Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2017 – present


ii. Institutional
Chair, David Blumenthal Essay Prize in Jewish Ethics, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory College, 2017 - present


    1. Manuscripts


Scholarly Essay Reviewer
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2008 – present

Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Interim Managing Editor, 2008

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 2010 – present

Bioethics, 2010 – present

The American Journal of Bioethics, 2011 – present

The Journal of Religious Ethics, 2011 – present

The American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, 2012 – present

Journal of Law and Religion, 2012 – present

Journal of Religion and Health, 2013 – present

Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, 2014 – present

Journal of Law and Social Inquiry, 2015 – present

Journal of Jewish Ethics, 2015 – present
Book Manuscript Proposal Reviewer
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 – present

Bloomsbury Press, 2013 – present

Columbia University Press, 2015 – present

The Jewish Publication Society, 2016 – present

State University of New York Press, 2017 – present


    1. Conference Abstracts

i. National and International


Society of Jewish Ethics, 2007 – 2015

American Academy of Religion (AAR), Scriptural/Contextual Ethics Consultation Steering Committee, 2009 – 2012

Bioethics Group of Society of Jewish Ethics, 2011 – present

Society of Christian Ethics, 2012 – 2013

AAR, Comparative Religious Ethics Steering Committee, 2013 – present

AAR, Comparative Religious Ethics Steering Committee Co-Chair, 2016 – present


ii. Regional
Animal Ethics, 2012 (open theme), 2013 (theme: Beastly Morality)

Race with Jewish Ethics, 2015




  1. Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2010 – present

Founder & Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Jewish Ethics, 2014 – present


  1. Honors and Awards


Honorary Degree
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 2014
Honors
Phi Beta Kappa, Wheaton College, 1995

Dean’s List, Wheaton College, 1991-1995

Emily Susan Hartwell Leadership Award, Wheaton College, 1995

Sally Gale Gilman Award, Wheaton College, 1995

Wheaton Scholar Prize for the most innovative multidisciplinary thesis, Wheaton College, 1995

International Relations Departmental Honors, Wheaton College, 1995

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Reviving the Dream” Graduate Essay Contest Winner, University of Notre Dame, 1997

The Marvin Gimprich Prize in Hebrew, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2000

The Dreyfus Prize, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2001

The Class of 1987 Prize in Social Action, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2001, 2002

The Rabbi Jill Kreitman Prize in Homiletics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2002

The Rabbi Bernard M. Cohen Award in Ecumenical Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2002

The Israel I. Mattuck Memorial Prize for best essay in Jewish ethics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2002
Scholarships
Balfour Scholar, Class of 1995, Wheaton College, 1991-1995

Charles A. Dana Scholar, Wheaton College, 1992-1994

Wheaton Fellow, Wheaton College, 1993, 1995

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist, 1994

Wheaton College Presidential Scholar, 1994-1995

Rose Scholarship, Development Study Center, Rehovot, Israel, 1994

Wheaton Foundation Scholarship, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1995

Rhodes Scholarship Washington State Finalist, 1995

Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Scholars Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 1996-1997

Hesburgh Scholar, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1996-1997

Rotary Foundation Paul Harris 50th Anniversary Ambassadorial Scholar (globally competitive search), Rotary International Foundation, 1997-1998

Washington Associates Scholarship, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2002-2003

Rose Biller Endowment of UJA-Federation of New York Scholarship, Hebrew Free Loan Society, 2002-2003

Molly Spitzer Scholarship, Department of Religion, University of Toronto, 2005

Shiff Family Ontario Graduate Scholarship at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto, 2005-2006

Connaught Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2004-2005, 2005-2006

Israel and Golda Kostchizky Scholarship, Department of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2005

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2008-2009

Shier Family Scholarship in Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2008
Fellowships
Wexner Graduate Fellow, The Wexner Foundation, 1998-2002

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2006-2008

Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Underwritten by The Joy Gottesman Ungerleider-Dorot Foundation Fellowship Fund, Sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2007-2008

J. H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, Canadian Association of University Teachers, 2008-2009

Azrieli Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2010-2012

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2010





  1. Society Memberships

Society of Jewish Ethics, 2002 – present

Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2003 – present

Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, Bet Din, 2004 – 2010

Association of Jewish Studies, 2007 – present

American Academy of Religion, 2007 – present

American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2010 – present

Southeast Association of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2010 – present

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2010 – present

Judaism, Science and Medicine Group, 2011 – present

Atlanta Rabbinical Association, 2012 – present


  1. Organization of Conferences



    1. National and International




    1. Administrative Positions

Assistant Program Chair, Society of Jewish Ethics, 2007

Program Chair, Society of Jewish Ethics, 2008 – 2009

Program Committee Member, Society of Jewish Ethics, 2009 – 2015

Program Committee Member, Society of Christian Ethics, 2012 – 2013

Program Committee, Bioethics Group of Society of Jewish Ethics, 2011 – present

Program Committee, Bioethics Group of Society of Jewish Ethics, 2015 – present

Central Conference of American Rabbis 2017 Conference Planning Committee, Ethics Sub-Committee, 2016 – 2017





    1. Sessions as Chair




      1. “The Ethics of Torture: Perspectives from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Feminism.” Panel Coordinator and Presenter. Society of Jewish Ethics / Society of Christian Ethics / Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. San Jose, CA, January 2010.

      2. “Jewish Identities and Critical Theory: The Political Significance of Conceptual Categories.” Presider. American Academy of Religion. Baltimore, MD, November 2013.

      3. “Abrahamic Virtue Ethics in the Public Sphere: New Directions and Problems.” Presider. American Academy of Religion. Baltimore, MD, November 2013.




    1. Regional




  1. Administrative Positions



Convener, Animal Ethics Workshop, 2012 (open theme), 2013 (Beastly Morality)

Convener, Race with Jewish Ethics, 2015

Co-Coordinator, Sacred Mundane: Religion and Ecology, 2015.

Co-Coordinator, Zombethics, 2015




  1. Community Outreach

a. Rabbinic Leadership, Teaching, Scholar-in-Residence, Consulting, Volunteering




  1. Jewish Peace Fellowship, 1999 – 2005

  2. Temple Magen Abraham, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, 1999

  3. Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston, Virginia, 2000

  4. Hillel Center for Jewish Life, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2000

  5. Seattle Secular Jewish Circle, Seattle, Washington, 2001

  6. Old Broadway Synagogue, New York, New York, 2001

  7. Congregation Beth Ha-Shalom, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 2001 – 2002

  8. Congregation B’Nai Shalom, Westborough, Massachusetts, 2001

  9. Kehillat Beijing, Beijing, China, 2002

  10. Center for Jewish Life / Hillel, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2003

  11. Prozdor, Hebrew College, Newton, Massachusetts, 2003 – 2004

  12. Temple Beth Am, Seattle, Washington, 2003, 2011, 2015

  13. Temple Beth El of Sudbury River, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2004

  14. Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Ontario, 2004 – 2010

  15. Congregation Beth Israel, Austin, Texas, 2005

  16. Kolel: Adult Center for Liberal Jewish Learning, Toronto, Ontario, 2005

  17. Temple Kol Ami, Thornhill, Ontario, 2005, 2009

  18. Temple Zion, Toronto, Ontario, 2005

  19. Congregation B’nai Torah, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006

  20. Limmud Conference, Nottingham, England, 2006

  21. Temple Emanu-El, Toronto, Ontario, 2006, 2009

  22. ONE Sabbath, www.one.org, 2007, 2008

  23. Congregation Or Hadash, Newmarket, Ontario, 2008 – 2010

  24. Rabbinic Advisor for Reform Students on Campus, The Hillel of Greater Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2008 – 2009

  25. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, New York, 2009

  26. Jewish Information Course, Toronto, Ontario, 2009 – 2010

  27. Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice, Toronto, Ontario, 2009

  28. Beth Emeth Bais Yehudah Synagogue, Thornhill, Ontario, 2009

  29. First Narayever Congregation, Toronto, Ontario, 2004-2010

  30. Community Tikkun L’eil Shavuot, Toronto, Ontario, 2009

  31. Temple Sinai, Toronto, Ontario, 2007-2010

  32. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010

  33. Temple Beth David, Snellville, Georgia, 2010 – present

  34. Atlanta Intown Chavurah, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010 – present

  35. Temple Sinai, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  36. Veritas Forum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  37. Atlanta Rabbinic Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  38. Congregation Beth Chaverim, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  39. Jewish Kids Group, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011 – present

  40. Taste of Limmud, Limmud South-East, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  41. Jewish Family and Children Services, Atlanta, Georgia, 2011

  42. Leo Baeck Rabbinic School & College, London, England 2011

  43. Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, Delaware, 2013

  44. Har Sinai Congregation, Owing Mills, Maryland, 2013

  45. Temple Beth El, Tacoma, Washington, 2014

  46. Congregation Ahavat Achim, Atlanta, Georgia, 2014

  47. T’ruah, Rabbinic Response to Human Rights, Washington DC, 2014

  48. Camp Ramah Darom, Clayton, Georgia, 2014

  49. Ohef Sholom Temple, Norfolk, Virginia, 2014

  50. Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar, Religious Action Center, Washington, DC, 2015

  51. Atlanta InTown Havurah, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013, 2014, 2015

  52. Temple Sinai, Houston, Texas, 2016

  53. Barish Scholar, Federation of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas, 2016

  54. First Narayever Congregation, Toronto, Ontario, 2016

  55. United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, Missouri, 2016

  56. Chicago Board of Rabbis, Chicago, IL, 2016

  57. Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, GA, 2016 – present

  58. Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg Scholar-in-Residence, Northshore Hebrew Congregation, Chicago, IL, 2016

  59. LimmudFest, Clayton, Georgia, 2016

  60. Lenbrook Continuing Care Community Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 2016, 2018

  61. Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Wilmette, Illinois, 2017

  62. Clairemont Elementary School, Decatur, Georgia, 2016 – present

  63. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.

  64. Temple Emanuel. Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.

  65. Central Presbyterian Church. Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.

  66. The Temple. Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.

b. Rabbinic Educational, Administrative and Programmatic Leadership




  1. Director, Programming and Faculty, UAHC Kutz Camp Institute, Warwick, New York, 1999

  2. Director, UAHC Heller Social Action Program, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, New York, New York, 1999 – 2000

  3. Rabbinic Intern, American Jewish World Service, New York, New York, 2000 – 2001

  4. Director, Machon Kaplan Program, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, Washington DC, 2001

  5. Rabbinic Staff, Religious Life Council Interfaith Dialogue, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2002 – 2003

  6. Director, Graduate Programs, Harvard Hillel, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003 – 2004




  1. Media Appearances and Contributions




  1. “Give Obama Time.” Canadian Jewish News. January 2009

  2. The Michael Coren Show, Crossroads Television Station, 2009

  3. “We, Too, Must Shift Our Thinking.” Canadian Jewish News. September 2010

  4. “Ethics of Executions: A Conversation with Jonathan Crane of Emory’s Center for Ethics.” Interview with Denis O’Hayer. WABE. September 2011

  5. “The Talmud and Other Diet Books.” Op-Ed Contributor. New York Times. March 27, 2013. A23. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/opinion/the-talmud-and-other-diet-books.html?ref=weight&_r=0

  6. “Religion, Ethics and Dying.” Interview with Cathy Lewis. WHRV. September 2, 2014. http://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/1000007

  7. “With the End of Life Comes Big Questions. Interview with Cathy Lewis. WHRV. March 9, 2015. http://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/1000007

  8. Interviewed for and featured in “Intown Havurah Shifts Service to First Day.” Atlanta Jewish Times. September 2015.

  9. Interviewed by Rabbi Richard Address. www.Jewishsacredaging.com. April 2016. http://jewishsacredaging.com/jsa-podcast-2016-9-dr-jonathan-crane-on-jewish-bioethics/

  10. “Crane’s ‘Eating Ethically’ draws inspiration from the classroom.” December 6, 2017. http://news.emory.edu/stories/2017/12/upress_crane_eating_ethically/campus.html

  11. “Students put ethical issue on trial in unusual final project.” December 12, 2017. http://news.emory.edu/stories/2017/12/er_nazi_medicine_on_trial/campus.html

  12. “A Message for All Unjust Leaders: Hands up.” Atlanta Jewish Times. Vol. XCIII No. 3, January 26, 2018. https://issuu.com/atlantajewishtimes/docs/ajt_january_26_2018_web/10.

  13. “Ethics and Health Converge at the Dinner Table.” Atlanta Jewish Times. May 3, 2018. http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/ethics-and-health-converge-at-the-dinner-table/




  1. Blogs




  1. “The Adventure of Diversity: Jews in Ahmedabad, India.” www.GenerationJ.com. 1999.

  2. “The Ethics of Forgetting.” Emoryethics.blogspot.com. September 9, 2011.

  3. “Put the Kibosh On It.” Emoryethics.blogspot.com. September 23, 2011.

  4. “Some Dangers of Saying Amen to Amending Personhood.” Emoryethics.blogspot.com. November 1, 2011.

  5. “Protection vs. Privacy.” Emoryethics.blogspot.com. November 8, 2011.

  6. “Lessons on Eating.” The ProsenPeople. Jewish Book Council. February 1, 2018. https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/_blog/The_ProsenPeople/post/lessons-on-eating/

  7. “What Prevents Prevention?” The Healthcare Ethics Blog. April 4, 2018. https://www.healthethicsblog.com/single-post/2018/04/04/“What-Prevents-Prevention”.




  1. Formal Teaching



    1. Medical Student Teaching



Psychiatry Clinical Ethics, Emory University Medical School, 2010 – present


    1. Graduate Programs




    1. Master’s and PhD Programs

Religious Bioethics, Master of Bioethics (505), 2011

Human Dignity and Bioethics, Master of Bioethics (505), 2013, 2015, 2016

Pain, Master of Bioethics (505), 2012, 2014, 2017

Declining, Dying, Dead, Master of Bioethics (505), 2014, 2015

Classic Issues in Bioethics, Master of Bioethics (502) (Co-taught with Kathy Kinlaw), 2016, 2017


Eating Ethics (GRAD 700 – University Course, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence), 2017

Death and Dying, Master of Bioethics (505), 2016 (independent study)

Bioethics Practicum, Master of Bioethics (506), 2016, 2017


    1. Undergraduate Programs

Conflict, Violence and Ethics, Department of Political Science (398), Wheaton College, 2004

Western Religions, Violence and Nonviolence. Philosophy and Religion 2166a. King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, 2008

Introduction to Judaism. Religion 202. University of Toronto—Mississauga; University of Toronto—Toronto, 2008, 2009

Catastrophe Ethics, Department of Religion (354R), 2011

Religious Bioethics, Department of Religion (354R), 2011

Animal Ethics, Department of Religion (354R) / Interdisciplinary Studies (385R), 2012 (Co-taught with Professor Lori Marino)

Bioethics and Religion, Department of Religion (354R), 2012 (co-taught with Professor Cory Labrecque)

Western Religions and Bioethics, Department of Religion (354R), 2012

Animal Ethics, Department of Religion (354R) / Interdisciplinary Studies (385R), 2013 (Co-taught with Professor Lori Marino)

Death and Dying, Department of Religion (202R), 2013

iReligion: Faith and Technology, Department of Religion (200R), 2013

Eating and Being, Department of Religion (200R), 2014

Eating Ethics, Interdepartmental Studies (385Y), 2015-2016 (co-taught with Amy Webb Girard, Mindy Goldstein)

Eating Ethics (GRAD 700 – University Course, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence), 2017

Food Ethics, Interdepartmental Studies (300), 2016 (independent study)

Nazi Medicine on Trial, Department of Religion (370R) / Jewish Studies (370R), 2017

Disability Ethics, Interdepartmental Studies (300), 2017 (independent study)




    1. Guest lecturer

Introduction to Neuroethics. Department of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB 370), 2018.

Religion and Bioethics: Ethnography, Religion and the New Reproductive Technologies, Department of Religion (358WR), 2018

Frankenstein. (700). 2018.

Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion (GEMMA). School for Public Health. 2018.




  1. Supervisory Teaching



    1. PhD Students Directly Supervised

Lisa Hoelle, PhD Religious Studies, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2015 – present




    1. Masters Students Directly Supervised

Brian P. Trepanier, M. Theological Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2011 – 2012


Arthur A. Marmorstein, M. Science Bioethics Program, Union Graduate College, 2014 – 2016
Shaunesse’ A. Jacobs, MA Bioethics, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2014 – 2016
Donald A. Miller, MA Bioethics, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2014 – present
Naomi Marshall, MA Bioethics, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2017 – present


    1. Thesis Committees

Sarah Putney, MA Bioethics, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2013 – 2014


Hillary Hoffstein, BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory College, Emory University, 2016 – 2017
Sam Atkins, BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory College, Emory University, 2017 – 2019
Adam T. Strater, PhD Religious Studies, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2017 – present


  1. Lectureships, Seminar Invitations, and Visiting Professorships




  1. National and International




  1. “Just Enough: Jewish Ruminations on Food, Faith and Fairness.” Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Dialogue. St. John’s University and University of St. Thomas. St. Paul, MN, November 2010.

  2. “Judaic Perspectives on Health Care.” Religion & Ethics in Health Care Decision-Making. Mercy Medical Center. Sioux City, IA, October 2011.

  3. “Role of Religious Beliefs in Ethical Decision-Making.” American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Orlando, FL, July 2012.

  4. “Praying to Die: when nothing more can be done.” Kalsman Institute’s Jewish Wellness and Wisdom Week of Learning. Los Angeles, LA, April 2013.

  5. “Religion, Ethics, and Dying: Controversies and Perspectives.” Bon Secours Medical Center. Norfolk, VA, September 2014.

  6. “Religion, Ethics, and Beginning of Life: Controversies and Perspectives.” Bon Secours Medical Center. Norfolk, VA, January 2015.

  7. “Sourcing Stem Cells: Controversies and Opportunities.” The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso. El Paso, TX, February 2015.

  8. “Religion, Ethics, and Emerging Debates in Healthcare: Controversies and Perspectives.” Bon Secours Medical Center. Norfolk, VA, March 2015.

  9. “Fetuses, Gender and Motherhood.” Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO, April 2016.

  10. “Jewish Perspectives on End of Life.” The Maimonides Society of Reading. Reading, PA, June 2016.

  11. “Dying to Die: Judaic Approaches to Final Interventions.” Catholic Health Services, Long Island, New York, October 2016.

  12. “Disclosing Demise: Judaic Controversies about Telling the Truth.” Catholic Health Services, Long Island, New York, October 2016.

  13. “Arboreal Wisdom? Epistemology and Ecology in Judaism.” Williams College. Williamstown, MA, November 2016.

  14. “Judaic Perspectives on Climate Change.” Confronting Climate Change series. Williams College. Williamstown, MA, November 2016.

  15. “Juicy Gestation: Gender, Eating and Theology.” Seminar in Theology. Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN, November 2016.

  16. “Can We Eat Enough?” Public Lecture. Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN, November 2016.

  17. “Ethics of Free Will.” Synapses and Synagogues Program. Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah. Chicago, IL, February 2017.

  18. “Enhancement Ethics: Judaic Perspectives.” Allergists for Israel International Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 2017.

  19. “Ethics and Hope: Problems & Perspectives.” Neshama: National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Orlando, FL, January 2018.

  20. “Going Out on a Limb: Enhancement, Ethics and Judaism.” Program on Religion and Medicine. University of Chicago Medical School. Chicago, IL, March 2018.




  1. Regional




  1. “Theology and Theodicy: What does Judaism have to say about suffering?” Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. Atlanta, GA, November 2012.

  2. “Dying Stories: euthanasia and the saga of a Talmudic narrative.” Hospice Savannah, in conjunction with Memorial Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine. Savannah, GA, January 2013.

  3. “Medical Futility and Liturgical Utility: when clinicians pray for patients to die.” Candler Hospital. Savannah, GA, January 2013.

  4. “Disclosing Demise: informing patients of their imminent death.” Grand Rounds. Memorial Hospital. Savannah, GA, January 2013.

  5. “Enough: Eating Ethics in an Age of Plenty.” Mercer University. Atlanta, GA, February 2015.

  6. “Declining, Dying, Dead: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide.” Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, October 2015.

  7. “Can We Eat Enough?” Keynote Lecture for “Food, Farming, and Faith.” Leadership and Multifaith Program. Academy of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, March 2016.

  8. “As If: Religious Rhetoric in the Public Square.” Religion and Public Life Program. University of Georgia. Athens, GA, March 2017.




  1. Institutional




  1. “’Give Me Water, Child’: Judaic Perspectives on Caring for the Elderly.” Jewish Family and Career Services. Atlanta, GA, April 2011.

  2. “Judaic Perspectives on Health Care and End-of-Life Care.” St. Joseph’s Hospital. Atlanta, GA, December 2011.

  3. “Useless Suffering: Understanding Victims of Violence.” Skyland Trail, Atlanta, GA, May 2011.

  4. “Judaic Perspectives on Health Care and End-of-Life Care.” St. Joseph’s Hospital. Atlanta, GA, December 2011.

  5. “Eating, Exercising and Exhaling: Judaic Perspectives on Personal Health.” Emory University Medical School. Atlanta, GA, April 2015.

  6. “Mapping Ethics.” Jones Program in Scholarly Integrity. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, August 2015.

  7. “I Can’t Believe You Said That: Ethics of Reviews.” Graduate Division of Religion. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, September 2015.

  8. “Mental Disability in Jewish Texts.” Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self. Division of Physical Therapy. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, February 2016.

  9. “Abortion and Maternal Death: Judaic Perspectives.” Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion. Rollins School of Public Health. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

  10. “Brutal Justice? Animals Accusing Humans of Abuse.” Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium. Luce Center, Emory University. Atlanta, GA, May 2016.

  11. “Jewish Attitudes Towards Intervening at the End-of-Life.” Palliative Care Center, Wesley Woods Medical Center, Emory Medical School. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, June 2016.

  12. “Mapping Ethics.” Jones Program in Scholarly Integrity. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, August 2016.

  13. “Eating Ethics” for Freshman Seminar “Sustainable Food and Culture of Italy.” Emory University. Atlanta, GA, November 2016.

  14. Panelist: “Disability Studies Initiative Scholar Showcase at Emory University.” Emory University. Atlanta, GA, February 2017.

  15. “Mapping Ethics.” Jones Program in Scholarly Integrity. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, August 2017.

  16. “Brutal Justice? Animals Accusing Humans of Abuse.” Lecture for “Animal Ethics.” J-Mester. Morehouse College. Atlanta, GA, January 2018.




  1. Invitations to National/International, Regional, and Institutional Conferences




                1. International




  1. “Peacebuilders: NGOs In Conflict-Ridden Societies.” International Studies Association. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 1997.

  2. “Beyond Gandhiji's Ahimsa - A Necessity.” A Consultation on Religio-Cultural Approaches to Problems of Violence and Communalism. India Peace Center and Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. New Delhi, India, November 1997.

  3. “Violence Reconsidered: Teaching Nonviolence.” Conference on Gandhian Ways Towards a Civilization and Culture of Peace and Nonviolence. Department of Gandhian Thought & Peace Research Center. Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, September 1998.

  4. “Rabbinic Agency in The Israeli Peace Movement: A Case Study Of Rabbis For Human Rights.” Conference on Israel’s Third Sector. Israeli Center for Third Sector Research. Ein Boqek, Israel, March 1999.

  5. “On Obedience in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise.” Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. London, Ontario, Canada, May 2005.

  6. “Jesus in Jewish Texts & Contexts.” Department of Christian Studies. University of Madras. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, October 2007.

  7. “Salvaging A Dying Text: Narratives and Bioethics.” Leo Baeck Rabbinical College, London, England, June 2011.

  8. “Twisting Words: Judaic Perspectives on Torture.” Leo Baeck Rabbinical College, London, England, June 2011.

  9. “’Give Me Water, Child’: Principles, Priorities and Caring for Parents.” Leo Baeck Rabbinical College, London, England, June 2011.

  10. “Creation and Jewish Bioethics.” Islamic World Academy of Sciences 18th Annual Conference; Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue 9th Annual Conference. Doha, Qatar, October 2011.

  11. “Advancing Death? Discourse and Authority in Judaic Bioethics.” Conference on Normativity in Bioethics. Center for Bioethics and Law, University of Leuven, Belgium, May 2016.

  12. “If I Only Had Three Eyes! Jewish Perspectives on Genetic Enhancement.” UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, 5th International Workshop on "Bioethical Challenges on Neurogenomics from an Interreligious and Multicultural Perspective.” Houston, TX, November 2016.

  13. “Dying to Die: Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Interventions.” Central Conference of American Rabbis International Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 2017.

  14. “Hospitality: The Greatest Good?” Freehof Institute for Progressive Halakhah. Central Conference of American Rabbis International Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 2017.




                1. National




  1. “Young Peacebuilders: Youth In Peace Movements In Conflict-Ridden Societies.” Roundtable Discussion Moderator. The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, PA, May 1997.

  2. “Communal Self-Defense: An Ethical Puzzle.” Society of Jewish Ethics. Pittsburgh, PA, January 2003.

  3. “Because...: Justifying Law / Rationalizing Ethics.” Society of Jewish Ethics. Chicago, IL, January 2004.

  4. “With a Mighty Hand: A Judaic Perspective on the Ethics of Modern Armed Conflict.” Rudolph C. Barnes Symposium. “Religion, Ethics & Armed Conflict: Afghanistan, Iraq & the War on Terror.” University of South Carolina Law School. Columbia, SC, April 2005.

  5. “Why Rights? Why Me?” Society of Jewish Ethics. Phoenix, AZ, January 2006.

  6. Yevamot 69b and the Embryo as ‘Mere Fluid’.” Co-presented with David Novak. Society of Jewish Ethics. Dallas, TX, January 2007.

  7. “Rhetoric of Modern Jewish Ethics: A Methodological Proposal.” Association for Jewish Studies. Washington, D.C., December 2008.

  8. “Constructing Repugnance: legal and ethical dimensions of rabbinic shame (bushah).” Association of Jewish Studies. Los Angeles, CA, December 2009.

  9. “Torturous Ambivalence: Judaic Wrestlings With Torture.” Society of Jewish Ethics / Society of Christian Ethics / Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. San Jose, CA, January 2010.

  10. “Revitalizing a Dying Story: Narratives, Norms and Bioethics.” Jewish Bioethics Affiliate Group of the Society for Jewish Ethics. New Orleans, LA, January 2011.

  11. “Think Again: Conjoined Twins Judaically Reconsidered.” American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Minneapolis, MN, October 2011.

  12. “Animals and Judaism: New Research and the Emerging Subfield.” Association for Jewish Studies. Washington, D.C., December 2011.

  13. “Judaism Confronting Science.” Central Conference of American Rabbis. Boston, MA, March 2012.

  14. “Medical Futility and Liturgical Efficacy: when clinicians pray for patients to die.” National Conference on Medicine and Religion. Chicago, IL, May 2012.

  15. “When is Enough Enough?  Judaic Perspectives on Indulgence and Satiety.” Judaism, Science & Medicine. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ, September 2012.

  16. “Enough Already! Judaic Perspectives on Indulgence, Satiety, and Obesity.” ASBH Jewish Interest Group. American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Washington, DC, October 2012.

  17. “Reading to Heal: Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.” Judaism, Science, and Medicine Group. Phoenix, AZ, October 2014.

  18. “Who’s Your Mama? Jewish constructions of motherhood.” American Academy of Religion. San Diego, CA, November 2014.

  19. Sove’a: A Satisfying Ethic.” Society of Jewish Ethics. Chicago, IL, January 2015.

  20. “The Challenges of Political Leadership in a Religiously Pluralistic Society.” Respondent to Governor Martin O’Malley. Society of Christian Ethics. Chicago, IL, January 2015.

  21. “Is Someone Supposed to be a Dog in This Scenario?” PhiloSOPHIA Conference. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, May 2015.

  22. “Please be Patient: Jewish Narratives of Embracing Pain and Finitude.” American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, GA, November 2015.

  23. “Who’s Dying? Which Death? Contested Issues in Jewish End-of-Life Deliberations.” Judaism, Science and Medicine Group. Phoenix, AZ, February 2016.

  24. Nachash and the Possibility of Trans-Specific Companionship.” Society of Jewish Ethics / Society of Christian Ethics / Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. New Orleans, LA, January 2017.

  25. “Companionship Across the Abyss.” “I Am Not an Animal”: Conversations about our relationship with the rest of nature. National Conference. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, February 2017.

  26. “Ex Post Facto Ethics: from Nuremberg to Statesville and Back Again.” American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Kansas City, MO, October 2017.

c. Regional




  1. “Identifying Jewish Ethics: An Emerging Methodology.” Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Cincinnati, OH, September 2006.

  2. “Ethics of Shadows.” Seminar on Jewish Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust. Shoah Teaching Alternatives in Jewish Education. Museum of Jewish Heritage. New York, NY, March 2009.

  3. “Animal Rebukes of Human Abuses: a study of a medieval case against humanity.” An Uncomfortable Conversation: Human Use of Animals. Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, March 2012.

  4. “Jewish Bioethics.” 4 lectures: creation, stem cells, eating ethics, euthanasia. The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, OH, July 2013.

  5. “Arboreal Wisdom? Epistemology and Ecology in Judaic Sources.” Sacred Mundane: Ecology and Religion. Center for Ethics, Emory University. Atlanta, GA, September 2015.

  6. Moderator & Respondent. “Innovative Practice in Corporate Responsibility.” Planet, People, Profits: A Conference on Business and the Environment. Culture, Religion, Ethics and the Environment (CREATE) Program. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, April 2016.

  7. Moderator. “Environmental Challenge/Opportunity Panel on Food Waste.” The CREATE Conference. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

d. Institutional





  1. “You Have Struck the Women, You Have Struck the Rock: Voicing And Creating Identity By Black Women In South Africa.” Gender Across the Disciplines: Interweaving Understanding. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, February 1997.

  2. “Bring Out Your Dead! Jews Burying Gentiles.” Graduate Student Conference. Centre for the Study of Religion. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2006.

  3. “A Second Blush: Judaism and Pornography.” Graduate Student Conference. Centre for Jewish Studies. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 2009.

  4. “Human Rights in a Pluralistic Society.” Veritas Forum. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, February 2011.

  5. “Confidential Ethics: Theology, Secrecy and Privacy.” Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, February 2012.

  6. “Don’t Tell Anyone, But…: Secrets and Privacy, Religiously Considered.” Emory Center for Ethics Clinical Ethics Seminar. Atlanta, GA, March 2012.

  7. “Eating, Satiety, and Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration.” Jewish Education Alliance. Savannah, GA, January 2013.

  8. “When is Enough Enough? Judaic perspectives on satiety, indulgence and obesity.” Atlanta Rabbinical Association. Atlanta, GA, March 2013.

  9. “Brutal Justice? Animals litigating for themselves.” Co-authored with Aaron S. Gross. Beastly Morality Conference. Center for Ethics. Emory University. Atlanta, GA, April 2013.

  10. “Sourcing Stem Cells: Potentials and Problems.” Center for Jewish Life and Learning. Princeton University. Princeton, NJ, October 2014.

  11. “Eating Well: Consumption, Ethics and Judaism.” Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. Atlanta, GA, October 2014.

  12. Sove’a: A Satisfying Idea.” Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar. Religious Action Center. Washington, DC, March 2015.




  1. Research Focus


My research focuses on pressing moral issues of the day, predominantly but not exclusively related to biomedical concerns. Recent topics include end of life interventions, animal ethical agency, maternity ethics, eating ethics, aberrant biomedical practices. Methodological topics include religious jurisprudential reasoning, ethical argumentation, narrative rhetoric. My research generally plumbs the Judaic textual tradition, from its classic roots to contemporary bioethical, philosophical and theological discourses.


  1. Grant Support



    1. Active Support



      1. P.I. Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University, “Introduction to Sustainable, Organic and Ethical Farming,” $3,000, 2018-19




    1. Previous Support




  1. P.I., Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University, “Animal Ethics Conference,” $300, 2012

  2. P.I., Jewish Wisdom & Wellness Program Development Microgrant, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, “Praying to Die,” $750, 2012

  3. Animal Ethics Workshop Grant, Center for Ethics, $200, 2012

  4. Animal Ethics Workshop Grant, “Beastly Morality,” Center for Ethics, $300, 2013

  5. P.I., Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Evans Directorship Grant, Emory University, “Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents,” $450, 2015

  6. P.I., Department of Religion, Emory University, “Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents,” $750, 2015

  7. P.I., Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Evans Directorship Grant, Emory University, “Race with Jewish Ethics,” $6500, 2014 – 2015

  8. Lead Faculty, Coalition for the Liberal Arts, Emory University, “Eating Ethics,” $19,720, 2015 – 2016

  9. P.I., University Course Development Grant for “Eating Ethics,” Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University, $2,000, 2016 – 2017

  10. P.I. “Immoral Medicine: Medical Ethics after the Holocaust,” Course Development Grant from the Waxman Support Fund, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University, $3,000, 2016-2018

  11. co-Investigator, Anderson Foundation, “Culture, Religion, Environment, and Ethics (CREATE),” $100,000 / year, 2014 – 2018




  1. Bibliography



    1. Published and Accepted Research Articles in Refereed Journals




  1. Gidron B, Katz S, Meyer M, Hasenfeld Y, Schwartz R, Crane JK. “Peace and Conflict Resolution Organizations in Three Protracted Conflicts: Structures, Resources and Ideology.” Voluntas. 10/4 (2000):275-298.
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