Dena S Davis
Presidential Endowed Chair in Health -- Humanities/Social Sciences
Professor of Religion Studies
240 Maginnes Hall
Dena S. Davis is a bioethicist with a background in philosophy, religion, and law. Her work focuses on genetic ethics, including reprogenetics and the ethics of genetic research; end-of-life issues (especially rational suicide); pediatric issues (including male and female genital cutting); ethical, legal, medical and social issues of human oocyte cryopreservation.
Davis currently serves on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Working Group, and on the Central IRB of the National Cancer Institute. She served as a consultant to the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Religion, where she chaired the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion, and two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Before coming to Lehigh, Davis taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University). Davis has been a Fulbright scholar in five countries: India, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, and Sweden. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the National Human Genome Institute (NIH), Arizona State University’s Center for Law, Science, and Technology, the Brocher Foundation, and the Hastings Center.