Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine



Devan Stahl

Devan Stahl photo

Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Pediatrics and Human Development

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

C-213 East Fee Hall
(517) 432-7420
devan.stahl @

PhD 2015 Saint Louis University
M.Div. 2010 Vanderbilt Divinity School
BA 2007 University of Virginia

Curriculum Vitae
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Devan Stahl’s interests focus on the impact of emerging medical technologies on the lives of minority populations, particularly persons with disabilities. Her work also focuses on how religious communities understand medicine and engage health care systems.

Devan is currently working on an edited volume examining the power of medical images and their impact on patients and the wider culture. The book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, medical humanities, visual culture, philosophy, and theology, who will each offer their own interpretation of a set of medical images.

Selected Publications

Stahl, D. (2015). “A Christian Ontology of Genetic Disease and Disorder,” Journal of Disability and Religion, 19 (2): 119-145.

Stahl, D. (2014). “In Defense of Paul Tillich: Toward a Liberal Protestant Bioethics,” Christian Bioethics, 20 (2): 260-271.


Stahl, D. (2013). “Living into the Imagined Body: How the Diagnostic Image Confronts the Lived Body,” Medical Humanities 39 (1): 53-58.

Selected Achievements and Awards

University Dissertation Fellowship, Saint Louis University, 2014-2015

The Academic Achievement Award, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2010

The Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for Accomplishments in the Study of Theology, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2010