David Toole

Associate Professor of the Practice of Theology, Ethics, and Global Health


Trent 238

Box 90519,
Durham, NC 27708


  • B.A. (University of Montana)
  • M.T..S (Duke University)
  • M.P.H. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Ph.D. (Duke University)

Professor Toole has a joint appointment in the Global Health Institute, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Divinity School. He is also Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute. His recent courses include Global Health as a Moral Enterprise, Global Health Systems, Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Policy, Ethics and Native America, and Challenges of Living and Ethical Life. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. Toole is the author of Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo: Theological Reflections on Nihilism, Tragedy and Apocalypse, and The Morgue in the Garden of Eden: An Essay on Hope … in the Dark, a forthcoming book about a Burundian woman and the hospital she founded during her country’s protracted civil war. He is working on a collection of essays titled, What Are People For? Questions Concerning What It Means to Be Human.

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