Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Notre Dame since 2015, Maura Ryan is the John Cardinal O’Hara, CSC Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology. She became a Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow in 2023. Her primary research interests are in the areas of bioethics and health policy, women’s health and development, and Catholic Social Teaching. 

Ryan is the editor of two volumes in social and medical ethics and her book Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction: The Cost of Longing was published by Georgetown University Press in 2001. Her articles have appeared in the Hastings Center Report, Theological Studies, The Journal of Philosophy and Medicine, Signs, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and Environmental Health Perspectives.  

She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Christian Ethics, the editorial boards of Religious Studies Review and Ethics and Behavior, the St. Joseph County Healthcare Advisory Consortium, and the ethics committee for Hospice of St. Joseph County. Ryan served as Associate Provost at Notre Dame 2001-2004 and Associate Dean for the Humanities and Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Letters 2008-2015.

She holds a PhD from Yale University.

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