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Aana Marie Vigen, Ph.D.

Title/s: Associate Professor

Office #: Crown Center 309

Phone: 773.508.2342

E-mail: avigen@luc.edu

CV Link: Vigen CV


Aana Marie Vigen is an Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Loyola University Chicago and is the Undergraduate Programs Director.  Dr. Vigen earned a B.A. in Spanish, Religion, and Hispanic Studies from St. Olaf College. She earned an M.A. in Theology and Ethics jointly conferred by the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She earned a Ph.D. in Social and Theological Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  She is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the American Association of Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH).  Dr. Vigen is also an active lay member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is currently serving on the national ELCA Genetics Taskforce.  She offers courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Program Areas

Dr. Vigen is co-authoring (with Christian Scharen) a volume on Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethicsto be published by Continuum in 2011.  She is also contributing a chapter, “Loving God and the Neighbor: Protestant Insights for Prevention and Treatment,” to an interdisciplinary volume to be published by Oxford in 2011.  She has begun preliminary research on prenatal genetic screening and Christian ethics and plans to incorporate ethnographic interviews into this research.

Research Interests

Dr. Vigen's area of specialization is healthcare and medical ethics. In particular, she is interested in racial-ethnic and socio-economic inequalities in health and healthcare—in the U.S. and globally. She incorporates an interdisciplinary method of study, drawing especially upon the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, ethnography, and theology.  Additional scholarly interests include:  The Intersection of Christian Social Ethics & Bioethics; Notions of "Living & Dying Well"; Migration/Immigration & Ethics; Protestant Ethics; Feminist Ethics; White Anti-Racism; Theological Anthropology & Ethics.


God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics, a co-edited volume with Patricia Beattie Jung (University of IL, 2010)

Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

"To Hear and To Be Accountable Across Difference: An Ethic of White Listening" a chapter in Disrupting White Supremacy from Within: White People on What WE Need to Do (Pilgrim Press, 2004)

"For Healing and Wholeness," in Rebecca Todd Peters and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, eds. To Do Justice: Engaging Progressive Christians in Social Action. Westminster/John Knox Press: 2008.


Web Resources on Health, Healthcare:

The Kaiser Family Foundation:  www.kff.org
*Terrific information on myriad topics:  Medicare, Disparities, HIV-AIDS, Women, etc.  For example:  10 Myths about the Uninsured:  http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7307.cfm

The Commonwealth Fund: www.commonwealthfund.org

See for example: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook (2008)http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=672908

"Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2008" (2008)www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=692682

The ELCA Social Statement on Healthcare:  "Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor" online: http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Health-and-Healthcare.aspx

Frontline Program on Global Health & Healthcare: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/

A PBS Series -- RX for Survival:  A Global Health Challenge:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/

Global Health Facts & News: http://www.globalhealthfacts.org

Partners in Health: www.pih.org

Doctors without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org


Books Relevant for Health, Healthcare, & Ethics:

Lisa Cahill, Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice, & Change (2005)

Tina Cassidy, Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born  (2006)

Margaret Farley, Just LoveA Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (2007)

Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power (2005)

Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains (about the work of Paul Farmer) (2003)

David Moller, Dancing with Broken Bones:  Portraits of Death and Dying Among Inner-City Poor (2004)

Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2004)

Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty (2006)

Jeffrey Sachs, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008)

Debora Spar, The Baby Business (2006)

Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid:  The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (2006)

Traci West, Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter (2006)


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