Amy Laura Hall

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
310 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3403
Curriculum Vitae: 
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B.A., Emory University
M.Div., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Hall was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2004-2005 and has received funding from the Lilly Foundation, the Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation, the American Theological Library Association, the Child in Religion and Ethics Project, the Pew Foundation and, most recently, the Project on Lived Theology.

At Duke University, Professor Hall has served on the Steering Committee of the Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy Center and as a faculty member for the FOCUS program of the Institute on Genome Sciences and Policy. She has served on the Duke Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board and as an Ethics Consultant to the V.A. Center in Durham. She currently serves as a faculty adviser with the Center for Class, Labor, and Social Sustainability and with the Duke Center for Civic Engagement.

Hall served on the Bioethics Task Force of the United Methodist Church, and has spoken to academic and ecclesial groups across the U.S. and Europe. In 2009-2010, for example, she presented on social-Darwinism at the American Academy for the Advancement of the Sciences, served as a consultant to the World Council of Churches meeting on bioethics in Volos, Greece, presented keynote lectures at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Point Loma Nazarene, and gave the Phillip Wogaman Lecture at Foundry UMC.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Hall is a member of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. She has served both urban and suburban parishes.

Amy Laura Hall is the author of Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love, Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction (pdf), and numerous scholarly articles in theological and biomedical ethics. Her most recent articles are "The Single Individual in Ordinary Time: Theological Engagements in Sociobiology," which was a keynote lecture given with Kara Slade at the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics in 2012, and "Torture and American Television," which will appear in the April 2013 issue of Muslim World, a volume that Hall guest-edited with Daniel Arnold. She is completing a book on Julian of Norwich (anticipated July 2015) and working on a longer research project about "muscular Christianity" in mainstream Protestantism.

  • Introduction to Theological Ethics
  • American Protestantism in Literature and Film
  • Masculinity and Ministry
  • War and American Christianity
  • Sin and Redemption in North American Literature
  • Sex, Gender, and Discipleship
  • Womanist and Feminist Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Bioethics and Reproduction
  • Feminist Theology and Ethics
  • Justice and the Family
  • Love in the Christian Tradition
  • Kierkegaard and Continental Philosophy