Biography

Jonathan 2013Jonathan K. Crane holds a BA (summa cum laude) from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and an MPhil in Gandhian Thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad, India.  As a Wexner Graduate Fellow, he received both rabbinic ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  He completed his PhD in Modern Jewish Thought at the University of Toronto.  He currently serves as the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought in the Center for Ethics at Emory University.

A past-president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane has presented at conferences and taught around the world on themes relating to Judaism and ethics, bioethics, social, environmental and political ethics, warfare ethics, interfaith relations, and Gandhian philosophy.  He is the author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics (2013) and Ahimsa: The way to Peace (2007, with Jordi Agusti-Panareda), co-editor with Elliot Dorff of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (2012), and editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents (2016).  His forthcoming volumes include Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet (Fall 2017), and Shades: Race with Jewish Ethics.

Recent publications can be found in The American Journal of Bioethics, The American Journal of Bioethics – NeuroscienceJournal of Law and Religion, Religions: A Scholarly JournalAJS ReviewThe Journal of Religious Ethics, Theology & Sexuality, CCAR JournalThe Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Anasakti Darshan, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, in addition to over a dozen book chapters, as well as the annotated bibliography on Jewish Ethics for Oxford University Press.  He founded and co-edits the Journal of Jewish Ethics.

He received a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2014.

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