Hille Haker, Ph.D.

Academic Position: Richard McCormick Chair for Moral Theology, Loyola University Chicago (2010- Present)

Hille Haker holds the Richard McCormick, S. J., Endowed Chair of Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on foundations of ethics, moral identity, literary & narrative ethics, Christian ethics as critical social ethics, bioethics, and feminist ethics.

She earned her doctorate (1997) and habilitation (2001) at the University of Tübingen and her dissertation – “Moralische Identität: Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion” (“Moral Identity: Literary Life Stories as a Medium of Ethical Reflection”) – was awarded the dissertation prize in Catholic Theology of the University of Tübingen in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Haker was Chair of Moral Theology and Social Ethics in the Catholic Theology Department of Frankfurt University (2005 to 2009), Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School (2003 to 2005), and Heisenberg Research Scholar (2002 – 2003). In Frankfurt, she was a Colleague of the Institute of Social Research of the Frankfurt School and co-director of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s Studies. She also served as co-director of the  Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaftern Bad Homburg from 2007 – 2010. After 14 years of service, she resigned from the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Concilium in 2015.

Dr. Haker has been a member of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Commission since 2005. She is a member of several U.S. associations, including the AAR, SCE, CTSA, and ASBH; she is also a member of the German Academy of Ethics in Medicine (AEM) and an associated member of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen, and a member of AGENDA, Forum of Catholic Women Theologians in Germany.

Her works include three monographs, eight co-edited books, and multiple articles: Moralische Identität. Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion (1999), Ethik der genetischen Frühdiagnostik (2002), Hauptsache gesund (2011), and eight co-edited books, among them: The Ethics of Genetics in Human Procreation (2000)Ethik-Geschlecht-Wissenschaften (2006), Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy (2009), and Religiöser Pluralismus in der Klinikseelsorge (2014), and nine co-edited journal issues for Concilium, among them: Human Trafficking (2011), Postcolonial Theology (2012), The Return of Apocalypticism (2014), and Theology, Anthropology, and Neurosciences (2015).

Research Areas:

Moral Identity & Concepts of the Self (agency, autonomy, alterity, narrativity, shame, recognition and responsibility as ethical concepts)

New Technologies & Bioethics (reproductive medicine, human genetics, HIV/AIDS, and new technologies: nanotechnology, synthetic biology, information and communication technology, robotics)

Literature & Ethics / Hermeneutical Ethics (modern literature & narratives as medium of/for ethics, experiential ethics, narrative bioethics)

Justice & Social Ethics (human rights and global justice, solidarity, political theology and ethics, compassion and social recognition)

Feminist ethics (women’s rights, violence against women, feminist theory and gender theory, feminist bioethics, sex-trafficking)

Christian Ethics: Foundational Questions (critical theory, fundamental theological ethics and methods, Catholic moral theology & social ethics, sexual ethics, Catholic feminist ethics)

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