Wylin D. Wilson

Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics


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B.S. in Agricultural Business (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University)
M.Div. (Interdenominational Theological Center)
M.S. Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics (Cornell University)
Ph.D. Religious Social Ethics (Emory University)

Professor Wilson’s work lies at the intersection of religion, gender, and bioethics. Her academic interests also include rural bioethics and Black church studies. Prior to joining Duke Divinity School in 2020, she was a teaching faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. She has also served as visiting lecturer and research associate at the Harvard Divinity School Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Professor Wilson is the former associate director of Education at the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, and former faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Environment, and Nutrition Sciences at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. Professor Wilson served on the Mount Auburn Hospital Ethics Committee in Cambridge, Mass., the advisory board for the Rural Child Hunger Summit, and as volunteer spiritual care giver for Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services in Somerville, Mass. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Bioethics and Religion Program Unit Steering Committee. Among her publications is her book, Economic Ethics and the Black Church.

News and Stories

Wylin Wilson Awarded Intellectual Community Planning Grant

The grant from the Office of the Provost will support Dr. Wilson's project, which addresses the Black maternal health crisis in North Carolina by engaging bioethics, healthcare, and Black churches. Read more from the Duke Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Professors from Duke Divinity and the Nicholas School for the Environment lead sessions on pastoral care for climate change, while Divinity alumni take lessons back to their congregations.

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