Ruth Groenhout


  • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1993
  • BA, Calvin College, 1985

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Academic interests

  • Bioethics
  • Feminist Theory
  • Ethical Theory

Selected publications


Bioethics: A Reformed Look at Life and Death Choices (Grand Rapids: Faith Alive, 2009).


Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice, with Mary Molewyck Doornbos and Kendra Hotz (Eerdmans, 2005).


Connected Lives: Human Nature and an Ethics of Care (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).


Philosophy, Feminism, and Faith with Marya Bower (Indiana University Press, 2003).


Recent Publications/Presentations

"The 'Brain Drain' Problem: Migrating Medical Professionals and Global Heath Care" International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 5.1 (2012): 1-24.

"The Difference Difference Makes: Public Health and the Complexities of Racial and Ethnic Research” Feminist Bioethics: At the Centre, on the Margins, Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, Petya Fitzpatrick, and Jackie Leach Scully, eds. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

"The Love of God the Father: Agape and Masculinity” in Visions of Agape, Craig Boyd, ed. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers, 2008): 47-60.

"Environmental Rights or Responsibilities" conference on Social Justice and Human Rights, Emmanuel College of Victoria University, the University of Toronto (April 2012).

"Evidence-Based Practice and an Ethics of Care" St Andrews University Philosophy Club (April 2011).

"The 'Brain Drain' Problem: Migrating Medical Professionals and Global Health Care", 8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Singapore (July 2010).

"Ethics of Care: A Brief Introduction", American Consulate, Guangzhou; Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou China (April 2010).

Worldview Lectures, 2009-2010, Justice and Care in Medicine: "Justice and Care," "Medicine and Technology," "Medical Technology at the Margins of Life," "Universal Health Care," "Ethics and Medical Technology," "Global Human Rights and Health Care," University of Western Ontario; McMaster University; Waterloo University; Emmanuel College; University of Toronto; Michigan State University; East China Normal University, Shanghai; Sichuan University, Chengdu; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; Guangzhou University Research Center for Human Rights, Guangzhou; L'Abri, Switzerland (2009-2010).

"Power and Evidence: A Feminist Analysis of Evidence based Practice” presented at FAB Biennial conference: “Voice, Power, and Responsibility in Health Care,” Rijeka, Croatia (September 2008).

"B(e)aring Autonomy: A Feminist Critique” at conference: Thinking With(Out) Borders: International Political Theory in the 21st Century, St Andrews, Scotland (June 2008).

"Bioethics and the Social Structures of Medicine” Week-long seminar presented at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (March 2008).


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