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
stahldev @

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

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Devan Stahl’s interests focus on clinical ethics, particularly beginning of life and end of life issues. She is particularly interested in the intersections between disability studies and bioethics as well as theological bioethics.

In early 2018, Devan released an edited volume (Cascade Books) 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 each offer their own interpretation of a set of medical images. Visit the MSU Bioethics blog to learn more about the book, and listen to Episode 7 of No Easy Answers in Bioethics.

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

Stahl D. Tillich and Transhumanism. In: Pryor A, Stahl D, eds. The Body and Ultimate Concern: Reflections on an Embodied Theology of Paul Tillich. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press; 2018:185-212.

Stahl D, Banja J. The Persisting Problem of Precedent Autonomy Among Persons in a Minimally Conscious State: The Limitations of Philosophical Analysis and Clinical Assessment. AJOB Neuroscience. 2018;9(2):120-127. Available online June 5, 2018.

Stahl D, Vercler CJ. What Should Be the Surgeon’s Role in Defining “Normal” Genital Appearance? AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2018;20(4):384-391.

Stahl D, ed. Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body. Cascade Books; 2018. Read More

Stahl, D., Cabrera, L., Gibb, T. (2017). “Should DBS for Psychiatric Disorders Be Considered a Form of Psychosurgery? Ethical and Legal Considerations” Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s11948-017-9934-y.

Stahl, D. and Tomlinson, T. (2017). “Is There a Right Not to Know?” Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 14: 259-260.

Stahl, D. and D.G. Stahl. (2016). “Seeing Illness in Art and Medicine: A Patient and Printmaker Collaboration,” Medical Humanities.

Selected Achievements and Awards

Jean Vanier Emerging Scholar Award (Summer Institute of Theology and Disability), 2018

Member, Committee on Bioethics, Michigan State Medical Society

HARP Production Grant, Michigan State University, 2016

President Elect, North American Paul Tillich Society