Suzanne Holland

Religious Studies
Science and Values

Suzanne HollandSuzanne Holland has a national and international reputation as a bioethicist. She was co-editor of the first book published on stem cell ethics, The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Policy (MIT Press, 2001). Her scholarship has focused on stem cell research and ethics, though she also works in the field of the ethics and justice of new genetic technologies and biotechnologies, including assisted reproduction. She is co-editor of “The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debated: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy” (University of New Hampshire Law Review, 2016). More broadly, Holland addresses issues relating to religion, gender, and culture. She collaborates with University of Washington colleagues on the topic of justice, genetic medicine, and the medically underserved (particularly Native Americans). Her work was funded (2010–2015) by the National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute, where she is co-investigator for the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality and the Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications. Holland is writing a book on the perceived “needs” experienced by many individuals and promoted by big business—to have children, to stay youthful, and to gain esteem. Holland says these desires have led to a moral edge and practices such as encouraging impoverished populations to sell body parts, women to contract their bodies to bear a baby, and “medical and fertility tourism.” Holland has been a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington State and served on the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Her lectures have included “Technologies of Desire: Give Me Children or I Shall Die.” She has taught courses including Bioethics, Science and Technology, and Gender Studies.


B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1978; M.A., Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, 1991; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1997

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