Amy Laura Hall

Amy Laura Hall

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

External address: 
Box 91200, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3403


Amy Laura Hall was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2004-2005 and has received funding from the Lilly Foundation, the Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation, the American Theological Library Association, the Child in Religion and Ethics Project, the Pew Foundation and the Project on Lived Theology.

At Duke University, Professor Hall has served on the steering committee of the Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy Center and as a faculty member for the FOCUS program of the Institute on Genome Sciences and Policy. She has served on the Duke Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board and as an ethics consultant to the V.A. Center in Durham. She served as a faculty adviser with the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (under Leela Prasad), on the Academic Council, and as a faculty advisor for the NCCU-Duke Program in African, African American & Diaspora Studies. She currently teaches with and serves on the faculty advisory board for Graduate Liberal Studies and serves as a core faculty member of the Focus Program in Global Health.

Professor Hall was the 2017 Scholar in Residence at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington D.C., served on the Bioethics Task Force of the United Methodist Church, and has spoken to academic and ecclesial groups across the U.S. and Europe. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Hall is a member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference. She has served both urban and suburban parishes. Her service with the community includes an initiative called Labor Sabbath, an effort with the AFL-CIO of North Carolina to encourage congregations of faith to talk about the usefulness of labor unions, and, from August 2013 to June 2017, a monthly column for the Durham Herald-Sun. Professor Hall organized a conference against torture in 2011, entitled “Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture,” and a “Conference Against the Use of Drones in Warfare” October 20-21, 2017. In collaboration with the North Carolina Council of Churches and the United Methodist Church, she organized a workshop with legal scholar Richard Rothstein held October, 2018.

Amy Laura Hall is the author of four books: Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love, Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction, Writing Home with Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers, and Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. She has written numerous scholarly articles in theological and biomedical ethics. Recent articles include "The Single Individual in Ordinary Time: Theological Engagements in Sociobiology," which was a keynote lecture given with Kara Slade at the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics in 2012, and "Torture and American Television," which appeared in the April 2013 issue of Muslim World, a volume that Hall guest-edited with Daniel Arnold. Her essay “Love in Everything: A Brief Primer to Julian of Norwich" appeared in volume 32 of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Word and World published her essay on heroism in the Winter 2016 edition, and her essay "His Eye Is on the Sparrow: Collectivism and Human Significance" appeared in a volume entitled Why People Matter with Baker Publishing. Her forthcoming essays include a new piece on Kierkegaard and love for The T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard, forthcoming with Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Laughing at the Devil was the focus of her 2018 Simpson Lecture at Simpson College in Iowa and was chosen for the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book. She continues work on a longer research project on masculinity and gender anxiety in mainstream, white evangelicalism. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1999

  • M.Div., Yale University 1993

  • B.A., Emory University 1990

Selected Grants

The Corporate Breast: the infant formula industry and the shaping of parental imaginations awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2004

Hall, Amy Laura. Laughing at the Devil Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. Duke University Press, 2018.

Hall, Amy Laura. Writing Home, With Love Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016.

Hall, A. L. Kierkegaard and the treachery of love. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Hall, Amy. “Love.T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard, T&T Clark, 2019.

Hall, Amy. “His Eye is on the Sparrow: Collectivism and Human Significance.Why People Matter A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Human Significance, Baker Academic, 2017, pp. 39–63.

Hall, Amy. “Justice.Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology, Beacon Hill Press, 2012.

Hall, A. L. “The Trinity and Moral Life: Julian's Trinitarian Logic of Love and Contagion.” The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0037. Full Text

Hall, Amy. “Parenthood.Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Baker Academic, 2011, pp. 570–80.

Hall, A. L. “Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption.” The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227228.003.0019. Full Text

Hall, Amy. “Charles Kingsley’s Christian Darwinism.Theology After Darwin, Paternoster, 2009, pp. 41–57.

Hall, A. L. “You'd better find somebody to love: toward a Kierkegaardian bioethic.” Transforming Philosophy and Religion, Indiana Univ Pr, 2008, pp. 238–55.

Hall, A. L. “To form a more perfect union: mainline Protestantism and the popularization of eugenics.” Theology, Disability and the New Genetics, T & T Clark, 2007, pp. 75–95.

Hall, Amy. “Ethics.The Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Taylor & Francis, 2004, pp. 687–93.


Hall, Amy. “Love in Everything: A Brief Primer to Julian of Norwich.The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, vol. 32, no. 1, 2015, pp. 83–95.

Hall, Amy Laura, and Kara Slade. “The Single Individual in Ordinary Time: Theological Engagements with Sociobiology.” Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 26, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Feb. 2013, pp. 66–82. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0953946812466492. Full Text

Hall, Amy. “American TV and Torture.The Muslim World, vol. 103, no. 2, Wiley, 2013, pp. 267–86.

Hall, Amy. “No Shortcut to the Promised Land: The Fosdick Brothers and Muscular Christianity.Ex Auditu, vol. 29, 2013, pp. 161–77.

Laura Hall, Amy. “Whose progress? The language of global health.The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 31, no. 3, June 2006, pp. 285–304. Epmc, doi:10.1080/03605310600713008. Full Text

Hall, Amy Laura. “Ruth's resolve: what Jesus' great-grandmother may teach about bioethics and care.Christian Bioethics, vol. 11, no. 1, Apr. 2005, pp. 35–50. Epmc, doi:10.1080/13803600590926413. Full Text

Hall, Amy Laura. “Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson’s Witness Against Negative Eugenics.” Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 18, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Apr. 2005, pp. 15–31. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0953946805052114. Full Text

Hall, Amy Laura. “Welcome to ordinary? Marketing better boys.The American Journal of Bioethics : Ajob, vol. 5, no. 3, Jan. 2005, pp. 59–60. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15265160591002791. Full Text

Amy Laura Hall, A. L. “Prophetic vulnerability and the strange goodness of God: A reading of Numbers 22 and 1 Kings 17.” Sewanee Theological Review, vol. 46, no. 3, 2003.

Hall, A. L. “Poets, Cynics and Thieves : Vicious Love and Divine Protection in Kierkegaard's Works of Love and Repetition.Modern Theology, vol. 16, no. 2, Apr. 2000, pp. 214–36.