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Kirk Allison

Adjunct Professor
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2000. Germanic Studies. Comparative Literature minor.
JRC 147
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105


BA, BS, University of Kansas, 1985. German and Computer Science (with a year at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg).

MA, University of Kansas, 1987. German Language and Literature.

Fulbright Fellowship at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 1987-88. German Studies, Theology, and Philosophy of Science.

PhD, University of Minnesota, 2000. Germanic Studies. Comparative Literature minor. (Diss.: Gottfried Benn’s Medical Exotics: Proximities in Literature, the Body, and Ethos.)

MS, University of Minnesota, 2006. Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with Bioethics minor.



THEO 403 Theology and Genetics (Spring 2019)


Dr. Allison directed the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota (2006-16) and served the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as Advisory Board member and faculty affiliate. He is past chair of the American Public Health Association's Ethics Special Primary Interest Group.

Additional teaching engagements include the University of Salzburg, the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, and College of Saint Scholastica (Health Humanities Program).

Dr. Allison's publications have addressed Health and Human Rights; Race Hygiene, Eugenics and the Holocaust; Disability and Social Inclusion; Public Engagement and Science; the Human Genome Project; the Rhetoric of Rationing; Public Health and Assisted Suicide; Transplantation and Organ Harvesting (China); Behavioral Economics and Religious Practice; and Persecuted Religious Minorities (Falun Gong).

Health and Human Rights; Global Health and Religious & Nonreligious NGOs; Eugenics History; Disability and Social Inclusion; Health Humanities; and intersections of Theology, Biological Discourse, and Ethics

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
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THEO 403 - 01 Theology and Genetics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 211

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Kirk C. Allison

In the half-century since Watson and Crick first deduced the structure of DNA (1953), our knowledge of the fundamental properties of organic life has grown exponentially. So too has our ability to manipulate those properties for the relief of suffering and the improvement of human life. Our continued pursuit of genetic knowledge and the application of that knowledge to human life have sparked vigorous debate on a variety of distinct but related levels of inquiry: scientific, practical, moral, political, philosophical, and theological. This course aims to introduce students to a representative sampling of these debates. It emphasizes the inescapably theological dimension underlying them all. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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