Ronald Michael Green
Professor of ReligionEunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human ValuesDirector of Dartmouth's Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional EthicsProfessorDepartment of Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School
Ronald M. Green has been a member of Dartmouth’s Religion Department since 1969; until this year, he also served as director Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute, a consortium of faculty concerned with teaching and research in applied and professional ethics. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brown University and received his Ph.D. in religious ethics from Harvard University in 1973. In 1996 and 1997, Professor Green was the founding director of the Office of Genome Ethics at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Professor Green’s research interests are in genetic ethics, biomedical ethics, and ethics in organizations. He is the author of eight books, editor of three, and author of nearly 150 articles in theoretical and applied ethics. His two most recent books are Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice (Yale University Press in 2007) and Kant and Kierkegaard on Time and Eternity (Mercer University Press, 2011).
Professor Green serves on the Bioethics Committee of the March of Dimes. In 1994 he was a member of the Human Embryo Research Panel of the NIH, a blue ribbon commission appointed to recommend policy for federal funding of research on the preimplantation human embryo. In 1998-99 Professor Green was president of the Society of Christian Ethics. He served two elected terms as Secretary of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional association of religious studies educators in the United States. Professor Green currently chairs the Ethics Advisory Board of Advanced Cell Technology, a company engaged in stem cell research. In 1980 he received the Dartmouth Distinguished Teaching Award. This award, given annually to one member of the faculty, is voted upon by the entire graduating class. In 2005, Professor Green was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
“From Genome to Brainome: Charting the Lessons Learned,” in Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice, and Policy , J Illes (ed.), (2006), 105-121.
“Kant and Kierkegaard on the Need for Historical Faith: An Imaginary Dialogue,” in Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion , C L Firestone and S R Palmquist (eds.), (2006), 157-175.
The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy , (2001).
The Ethical Manager , (1994).
Kierkegaard and Kant: the Hidden Debt , (1992).
Works in Progress
Babies by Design: The Science and Ethics of Human Genetic Enhancement ; “Global Bioethics;” “Fetuses, Embryos, and Stem Cells;” “Kierkegaard’s Debt to Kant;” “Fictional Perspectives on Human Genetic Engineering”