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

Amy Laura 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 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 served as a faculty adviser with the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (under Leela Prasad) and currently serves on the Academic Council, on the faculty board for Graduate Liberal Studies  and as a faculty advisor for the NCCU-Duke Program in African, African American & Diaspora Studies. She teaches for both Science and Society and for the Focus Program in Global Health. Professor Hall is also the 2017 Scholar in Residence at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington D.C.

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. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Hall is a member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference. She has served both urban and suburban parishes. Her service with the community includes an initiative called Labor Sabbath, an effort with the AFL-CIO of North Carolina to encourage congregations of faith to talk about the usefulness of labor unions, and, since August 2013, a monthly column for the Durham Herald-Sun. Professor Hall helped to organize a conference against torture in 2011, entitled “Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture,” and she is currently organizing the “Conference Against the Use of Drones in Warfare” for October 20-21, 2017 in Durham.

Amy Laura Hall is the author of three books: Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love, Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction, and Writing Home with Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers. She has written numerous scholarly articles in theological and biomedical ethics.  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 appeared in the April 2013 issue of Muslim World, a volume that Hall guest-edited with Daniel Arnold. Her essay “Love in Everything: A Brief Primer to Julian of Norwich" appeared in volume 32 of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Word and World published her essay on heroism in the Winter 2016 edition, and her essay "His Eye Is on the Sparrow: Collectivism and Human Significance" appeared in a volume entitled Why People Matter with Baker Publishing.  Her forthcoming essays include a new piece on Kierkegaard and love for The T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard, to be published by Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

She has completed a manuscript on Julian of Norwich (forthcoming with Duke University Press) and continues work on a longer research project on masculinity and gender anxiety in mainstream, white evangelicalism. 

Recent Courses
  • 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