Emily Ruppel is a PhD student in communication at the University of Pittsburgh, with focus areas in rhetoric of science, bioethics, STS, feminist theory, and oral history. Prior to her doctoral work, Emily studied poetry at Bellarmine University in Louisville (B.A. '08) and science writing at MIT (M.S. '11).
Emily started her PhD work at Pitt as the 2014/2015 Provost's Humanities Fellow; concurrently she is pursuing a master's degree at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law with a focus on experimental medical ethics. In many ways, Emily's dissertation project and her bioethics research will be an extension of work begun while writing her master's thesis on the technical and theoretical developments leading to the world's first successful hand transplants.
Writing and editorial work: Emily has worked for many years as a professional writer and editor, mostly on topics of interest at the intersection of science and religion. She has served as Associate Director of Communications for the American Scientific Affiliation (an international network of Christians in science, whose members include scholars and opinion leaders such as Francis Collins, Jennifer Wiseman, Elaine Ecklund, and Owen Gingerich, among others) and as Web Editor for the daily blog of the BioLogos Foundation. She recently assisted as content editor for Abraham's Dice, a collection of scientific and theological responses to modern theories of chance, determinacy and providence (edited by Karl Giberson and recently published with Oxford University Press), and she continues to work as Editor of the ASA's God & Nature magazine, an online periodical offering articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork on special topics in science and religion.
Etc: In Emily's spare time she likes to read, run, write poetry, draw caricatures at special events, and fall down while ice skating. (Well, she prefers not to fall down but that's typically how it goes.)