Meet the Faculty

Kristel Clayville

Kristel Clayville

Visiting Assistant Professor - Religious Studies

Contact Details


PhD, Religious Ethics, University of Chicago, 2017 (expected)
Fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, 2017-2018
MA, Religion, University of Chicago, 2003
Fulbright Fellow, University of Haifa, 2000-2001
BA, Classics and Anthropology, Centre College, 2000

Burris Dickinson Hall 301

Research Interests:

My main research question is: How do people engage their religious traditions to make practical ethical decisions? To that end, my graduate work focused on the uses of the Bible in environmental ethics. My current research moves into bioethics and the religious justifications for organ transplantation at both the individual and societal levels.

Teaching Interests:

I love teaching classes in the Christian and Jewish traditions, especially textually focused classes. I’ve taught Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Eco-Theology, Christian Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Bioethics, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Autobiography, Biblical Hebrew, and courses in basic humanities and writing.

Professional Activity:

I am a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. I have published on green burial (Green Burial as Land Preservation: The Case of the Sisters of Loretto, CrossCurrents, 2016), biblical interpretation (Landed Interpretation: An Environmental Ethicist Reads Leviticus, Leviticus and Numbers, Fortress Press), and on the uses of social media in organ donation (Social Media and Organ Donation: Ethically Navigating the Next Frontier, American Journal of Transplantation). I am currently working on an article on autonomy and living donor liver transplantation with a transplant surgeon.


I am an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ tradition. I enjoy swimming and biking.