Andrea Vicini, S.J.

Michael P. Walsh Professor of Bioethics


Andrea Vicini, S.J. is the Michael P. Walsh Professor of Bioethics in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. A Jesuit priest, moral theologian, and medical doctor (pediatrician), his interests and expertise include: fundamental moral theology, bioethics, biotechnologies, reproductive technologies, end of life issues, medical ethics, genetics, global health, and environmental issues. This native of Italy has taught in Italy, Albania, Mexico, Chad, and France. He is the author of the book, Human Genetics and the Common Good (Cinisello Balsamo: San Paolo, 2008), and co-editor of the books, Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers of Sarajevo 2018 (Orbis Books, 2019), Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction (Orbis Press, 2015), and The Legacy of Vatican II, (Paulist Press, 2015). Dr. Vicini is a lecturer and a member of associations of moral theologians and bioethicists (in Italy, Europe, and the USA) and the co-chair of the international network of Catholic moral theologians “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church." He is currently writing a book on the ethical issues concerning new biotechnologies that will examine: global health, regenerative medicine, neuroscience, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. Dr. Vicini is widely published in English and Italian and has even published for the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, which requires vetting by the Vatican. During the academic year 2015-2016, he was a fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ) where his research focused on the societal implication of astrobiology.