Curriculum vitae

Educational Background

Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia

M.Div., HarvardUniversity, The DivinitySchool

B.A., ScrippsCollege


Faculty Affiliate, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Denver, Anchutz Medical Campus.

Past appointments:

Lecturer, University of Colorado at Boulder, Departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies. Boulder, Colorado. 2001-2006.

Visiting Fellow, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1999-2000.

Assistant Professor, Section on Humanities and Law, Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Omaha, Nebraska. 1993-2000.

Assistant Professor, Department of Religion. Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Lynchburg, Virginia.  1993. 



Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (Novato, California: New World Library, forthcoming in March 2019), with Marc Bekoff.

The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Age of Humans, with Marc Bekoff (Boston: Beacon Press, forthcoming 2017).

Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice, with Amir Shanan and Tamara Shearer (Ames, Iowa: Wiley, forthcoming 2017).

Run Spot Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).

The Last Walk: Reflections on our Pets at the End of Their Lives (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), with Marc Bekoff.

Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), with George Randels.

Morality Play: Contemporary Case Studies in Ethics, Second Edition (Indianapolis, Indiana: Waveland Press, 2013). Originally published by McGraw-Hill, 2005).

The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), with Andrew Jameton.

Environmentalism and the New Logic of Business (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), with R. Edward Freeman and Richard H. Dodd.

Essays, articles, and book chapters

“The Animal as Patient,” in Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care, Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, edited by Katherine Goldberg, forthcoming in 2019.

“Putting the ‘Free’ Back in Freedom: The Failure and Future of Animal Welfare Science,” in Why People Love and Exploit Animals: Bridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy, edited by Kristof Dhont and Gordon Hodson, forthcoming in 2019.

“The Ethics of Keeping Pets,” in Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics, edited by Bob Fisher, forthcoming in 2019.

“What the grieving orca mother tells us about how animals experience death,” The Conversation. August 24, 2018.

“A Post-Zoo Future: Why Welfare Fails Zooed Animals.” With Marc Bekoff. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science,

“You Love Dogs? Then Don’t Clone Them.” New York Times, March 6, 2018.

“Is Your Pet Lonely or Bored?” New York Times, May 7, 2016.

“The Dying Animal,” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. October 2013. DOI 10.1007/s11673-013-9480-5.

“’It’s Just a Dog. Get Over It.’” Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2012.

“Deciding When a Pet Has Suffered Enough.” New York Times, September 23, 2012.

“Review of David B. Resnik, Environmental Health Ethics.” American Journal of Bioethics. 12 (12): 68-69.

“Wild Justice Redux.” Social Justice Research (2012) 25(2): 122-139. With Marc Bekoff.

“Petroleum and Health Care: Evaluating and Managing Health Care’s Vulnerability to Petroleum Supply Shifts.”  (2011). American Journal of Public Health  September, 2011. With Jeremy Hess, Daniel Bednarz, and Jae Yong Bae.

“Mortality: Four Studies.” White Whale Review 2.2 (2010). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“The Ethical Dog,” Scientific American Mind March 19, 2010. With Marc Bekoff.

“Environmental Bioethics: A Manifesto,” Health after Oil website, November 13, 2009.

“Moral in Tooth and Claw,” The Chronicle of Higher Education October 18, 2009. With Marc Bekoff.

“The Ethics of Sustainable Healthcare Reform,” Health after Oil website, August 29, 2009. With Dan Bednarz.

“Wild Justice: Honor and Fairness among Beasts at Play,” American Journal of Play Vol. 1, No. 4 (2009): 451-475. With Marc Bekoff.

“Mice in the Sink: On the Expression of Empathy in Animals.” Journal of Environmental Philosophy Vol. V, Issue I (2008): 75-96.

“Morality in Humans and Animals,” in Marc Bekoff, ed., Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007).

“Reply to Paul Carrick,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 3 (2005): 458-463. With Andrew Jameton.

“Environmental Health,” in Stephen Post, ed., The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd Edition (MacMillan Reference Books, 2003). With Peter Wenz.

“Sustainable health care and emerging ethical responsibilities,” in Michael McCally, ed., Life Support: The Environment and Human Health. (Boston: MIT Press, 2002), chap. 8. Also published in Canadian Medical Association Journal Feb. 6, Vol. 164, No. 3 (2001), 365-369. With Andrew Jameton.

“Can bioethics survive on a dying planet?” Journal of Medical Humanities Vol. 23, No. 1 (2002), 3-6.

“Feminist slants on nature and health,” Journal of Medical Humanities. Vol. 23, No. 1 (2002), 61-72. With Karen Warren and Hilde L. Nelson.

“Cody’s Dilemma: A case study in animal autonomy and beneficence,” Journal of Irreproducible Results Vol. 45, Nos.5+6 (2000), 19-20. With Andrew Jameton.

“Ethics in Precepting,” in Paul Paulman, Jeffrey Sussman, and Cheryl Abboud, eds., Precepting Medical Students in the Office (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press: 2000), chap. 33. With Audrey Paulman.

“The physician as ethics educator,” Family Medicine Vol. 32, No. 6 (2000), 379-380. With Audrey Paulman.

“The preceptor as ethics educator,” Family Medicine Vol. 31, No. 10 (1999), 687-8. With Audrey Paulman.

“The global ethics of latex gloves: Reflections on natural resource use in health care,” Cambridge Quarterly for Health Care Ethics Vol. 8, No. 1 (1999), 98-107. With Christina Kerby.

“Editorial: Confidentiality breaches—A routine procedure?” Emergency Medical News Vol. XX, No. 5 (1998). With Edward J. Mlinek.

“Shades of Green,” in Laura Westra and Patricia H. Werhane, eds., The Business of Consumption: Environmental Ethics and the Global Economy. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998), chap.18.  With R. Edward Freeman and Richard H. Dodd.

“Confidentiality and privacy breaches in a university hospital emergency department,” Academic Emergency Medicine 4 (1997),1142-1146. With Edward J. Mlinek.

“Toward a sustainable U.S. health policy: Local congruities and global incongruities, Social Indicators Research 40 (1997),125-146. With Andrew Jameton.

“Review of Kathy Rudy’s Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice: Moral Diversity in the Abortion Debate,” Journal of Medical Humanities, Vol. 18, No. 4 (1997), 275-8.

“Can you use a ‘greener’ cleaner?” Hospitals Materials Management March (1997), 58-60.

“Product review yields cleaner, greener use of chemicals,” Health Facilities Management March (1997), 54-62.

“’Another name for health’: Thoreau and modern medicine,” Literature and Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1996):129-145.  With Michael Branch.

“Intracytoplastic Sperm Injection—What kind of reproduction is being assisted?” Human Reproduction Vol. 10, No. 10 (1995), 2518-2520. With Christopher DeJonge.

“Should gamete donation between family members be restricted?” Human Reproduction Vol. 10, No. 6 (1995), 1330-1337. With Paul Reitemeier, Andrew Jameton, Victoria Maclin, and Christopher De Jonge.


Psychology Today, All Dogs Go To Heaven.

Radio and Television Interviews

The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU/NPR, October 25, 2012

Animal House, WAMU/NPR,

Telemundo, Brazil.

Dog Talk and Cat Chat, with Tracy Hotchner

Minnesota Public Radio, The Daily Circuit. “Managing your pet’s pain.” September 28, 2012

“Critter Patter,” KRFC Fort Collins

BYU radio, March 13, 2013.

Montana Public Radio, April 22, 2013.

Selected Scholarly Presentations

“Quality of Life in the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Patient.” International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, October 18, 2013.

“The Last Walk: Caring for Companion Animals at the End of Life,” Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, April 29, 2013.

“Final Gifts: Caring for our Animal Companions at the End of Life. University of Montana, April 22, 2013.

Philosophy Forum, University of Montana., April 22, 2013.

“The Last Walk.” Keynote address at the American Animal Hospital Association/International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management 2013 yearly conference.  Phoenix, Arizona. March 17, 2013.

“The Last Walk: Caring for Our Animal Companions at the End of Life.” Medical Center Hour, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. February 27, 2013.

“Cultural and Moral Attitudes toward Death and Dying.” International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. Denver, Colorado. November 4, 2012.

“Morality in Animals: Yes, No, Maybe.” With Baylor Johnson. International Society for Environmental Ethics/International Association for Environmental Philosophy. Allenspark, CO. May, 2008.

“Mice in the Sink: On the Expression of Empathy in Animals.” International Society for Environmental Ethics/International Association for Environmental Philosophy. Allenspark, CO. May, 2007.

“Religion, Spirituality, and Medicine.” University of ColoradoHealthSciencesCenter, October 2006.

“Morality Play: Using Case Studies to Teach Ethics.” University of Colorado at Boulder. Department of Philosophy. March, 2005.

“The GreenHealthCenter.” American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Salt Lake CityUtah, October, 2000.

“The Underworld of Bioethics.” University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Philosophy.

“Environmental Responsibility in Health Care.” Grand Rounds, University of PittsburghMedicalCenter. March, 2000.

“Ethics in the Teaching Role.” Two 2-hour presentations for the Family Practice Teaching Fellows, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret. Pittsburgh, PA. November 11, 1999 and February, 2000.

“Advance Directives.” In-service program for Rosebud Indian Health Service, Rosebud, South Dakota. January, 1998.

“Do Patients Care about Confidentiality?” Society for Health and Human Values annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. November, 1997.

“Surrogacy and Donation: Does Kinship Matter?” Humanities Rounds, Jessica Pierce and Carl Griener. University of NebraskaMedicalCenter, September, 1997.

“Observational Study of Confidentiality Breaches and Inappropriate Comments in a University Hospital Emergency Department.” Society for Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting, Washington, D.C. May, 1997.

“Ethical and Legal Issues in AIDS/HIV.” Nebraska AIDS Educator’s Conference, Omaha, Nebraska. November, 1996.

“Environmental Justice: What Can We Do In Practice?” CreightonUniversity Conference on Environmental Justice. Omaha, Nebraska. April, 1996.

“Bridging the Gap between Medical Ethics and Environmental Ethics.” University of Nebraska at Omaha, Department of Philosophy. April, 1996.

“Health is a Sound Relation to Nature.” Society for Health and Human Values annual meeting. San Diego, California. October, 1995.

“Toward a Sustainable U.S. Health Policy: Local Congruities and Global Incongruities,” with Andrew Jameton. Surviving Globalization: Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions: Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values, Ontario, Canada. May, 1995.

“The Impact of Health Care on the Environment.” Society for Health and Human Values. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October, 1994.

“Are There Moral Limits to Scientific Inquiry?” Department of Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha. October, 1994.

“Sustainable Health: Reconciling Medicine and Health Care.” First International Symposium on Ecosystem Health and Medicine. Ontario, Canada. June, 1994.

“Theocentrism as a Metaphor for Global, Ecological Context.” AmericanAcademy of Religion, Regional Meeting, ColoradoStateUniversity. Fort Collins, Colorado. April, 1994.

“Sustainable Health: Global Ecological Concerns and the Role of Health Care Professionals.” With Andrew Jameton and Susanna Von Essen. University of NebraskaMedicalCenter. Omaha, Nebraska. April, 1994.

“Ethical Issues in Advance Directives.” College of Nursing, University of NebraskaMedicalCenter. Omaha, Nebraska. October, 1993.

“Reproductive Technologies and the Ethics of Population Policy.” University of NebraskaMedicalCenter. Omaha, Nebraska. February, 1993.

Association Memberships

Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, Board of Directors.

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Program Committee sub-chair for Environmental Bioethics, 2011. Member since 2004.

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, Board of Directors. Education Committee. 2011-present.

Animals & Society Institute, Scholar. 2012-present.

Green Pet Burial Society, Board of Directors.

Family Spirals, Board of Directors.