Maura Ryan

Maura Ryan

John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Theology

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. Yale University

Research and Training Interests

Health, development and human rights in Christian bioethics

Selected Publications

“Good Deaths, ‘Stupid Deaths”: Humane Medicine and the Call of Invisible Bodies.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2016 Dec. 41 (6): 642-658. Epub 2016 Sept. 22.

“A New Shade of Green? Nature, Freedom, and Sexual Difference in Caritas in Veritate.” Theological Studies 71 (June 2010): 335-49.

“Toxic Legacy: Why the Environment is a Life Issue,” Commonweal 136.16 (September 25, 2009): 8–10.

“The Introduction of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the “Developing World”: A Test Case for Evolving Methodologies in Feminist Bioethics,” Signs 34/4 (Summer 2009): 805-825.

“Health and Human Rights,” Theological Studies 69/1 (March 2008): 144-163.


Maura Ryan is the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Ryan's primary interests are in the areas of bioethics and health policy, women’s health and development, and Catholic Social Teaching. She is the editor of two volumes in social and medical ethics and her book Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction: The Cost of Longing was published by Georgetown University Press in 2001. Her articles have appeared in the Hastings Center Report, Theological Studies, The Journal of Philosophy and Medicine, Signs, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Environmental Health Perspectives. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Christian Ethics, the editorial boards of Religious Studies Review and Ethics and Behavior, the St. Joseph County Healthcare Advisory Consortium and the ethics committee for Hospice of St. Joseph County. Ryan served as Associate Provost at Notre Dame 2001-2004; Associate Dean for the Humanities and Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Letters 2008-2015; and currently serves as Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.


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