Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335

Phone: 408-551-3188
Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: 321

Karen Peterson-Iyer, Ph.D.

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Karen Peterson-Iyer received her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, her M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Ethics from the Religious Studies Department of Yale University. Her research interests are currently focused on sexual ethics (contemporary sexuality) and bioethics (genetic ethics and cross-cultural health care). Karen has also worked in the past in campus ministry and on the writing and editorial staff of Sojourners magazine in Washington, D.C. She is married with two sons.


TESP 45 Christian Ethics
TESP 119 Theology, Sex, & Relationships

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)

Mobile Porn?' Teenage Sexting and Justice for Women. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Fall/Winter 2013

Designer Children: Reconciling Genetic Technology, Feminism, and Christian Faith (Pilgrim Press, 2004).

"Pharmacogenomics, Ethics, and Public Policy." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, March 2008.

"Motherhood and Tenure: Can Catholic Universities Support Both?" Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, March 2005. With Bridget Burke Ravizza.

"Prostitution: A Feminist Ethical Analysis," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Fall 1998.