Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335
Religious Studies t: (408) 554-4686, Ethics Center t: (408) 554-5319
f: (408) 554-2373

Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: 309

Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Margaret R. McLean received her B.S. degree in biology from the University of San Francisco, her M.Div. from Luther Seminary, and doctoral degrees from both the Medical College of Wisconsin (clinical pathology) and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (ethics). She is Associate Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Her research interests are in the area of bioethics, specifically medical ethics, ethics and biotechnology, ethics in science, and the ethics of space exploration.

BIOL 171: Social and Ethical Dimensions of Biotechnology
TESP 157: Ethics in the Health Professions

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)

When What We Know Outstrips What We Can Do In The Well-Crafted Argument: A Guide and Reader, 6th ed., Fred D. White and Simone J. Billings, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2017.

Just-in-time disaster planning does not work.  MarketWatch, June 10, 2015. 

Bury Your Hair on the Moon? Let’s kick-start some ethical considerations first. Slate, December 2, 2014. 

As We Lie Dying: A Necessary Protocol for End-of-Life Care. Commonweal, 141(14):   11-12, 2014 (with Gerald Coleman, SS).

 Allocating Scarce Resources—A Wicked Problem. Health Progress, 94(6), 60-67, 2013.


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