Michael J. Sleasman, PhD

Director of Bioethics Degree Programs
Associate Professor of Bioethics

Faculty Since 2007


BA, Malone College
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


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Prior to joining the Trinity faculty full-time, Dr. Sleasman served as the managing director and research scholar at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity for 12 years where he oversaw the Center’s research agenda and online resource development. He also previously served as an affiliate professor, adjunct instructor, and online course tutor at the college and graduate level in the areas of philosophy, theology, ethics, and cultural engagement. His areas of research specialization include the theological engagement of bioethical issues with particular emphasis on biotechnology, other emerging technologies, and human futures, as well as the intersection of technology, ethics, and culture in general.

Dr. Sleasman serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends, as a consulting editor for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, and as co-chair of the editorial board for Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics. He has been interviewed on a range of bioethical issues by print and radio media, and has delivered workshops, lectures, and presentations for churches, universities, and at several professional societies. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children.

Selected Publications

Editor, Dignitas, quarterly publication of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

Co-editor with Kevin Vanhoozer and Charles Anderson, Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Baker Academic, 2007).

“Post-Conservative Theology” and “New Technologies and Christianity,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, (Blackwell, 2011),

Book chapter co-authored with Paige Comstock Cunningham, “Exploitation in the Global Medical Enterprise: Bioethics & Social Injustice,” Social Injustice: What Evangelicals Need to Know about the World edited by Michael Cooper and William Moulder (Timothy Center, 2011).

“Nanotechnology” and “Robots,” Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, edited by Henk ten Have (Springer, 2016).

“Bioethics” to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Academic, 2017)

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Member, American Academy of Religion
  • Member, American Scientific Affiliation
  • Member, American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities
  • Member, Evangelical Theological Society
  • Member, Society for Christian Ethics


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