- UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA, Ph.D. English
- DREW UNIVERSITY, Madison, NJ, B.A. English
- Fellowship in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine 2004-2005
- Fellowship in the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Scholars Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2004-2005
- Fellowship in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, 1999-2000
Current Research and Teaching
- Intersections of medicine, ethics, and representation
- Verbal and visual representations of illness, disability, and medicine in fiction and nonfiction
- Contemporary life writing about medicine and science
- Narrative approaches to bioethics and the ethics of care
- The critical humanities and creative arts in medical education
- Health and Social Justice
“Elegy for Iris.” Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives, vol. 1. G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz, eds. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2019: 211-215.
- Recipient of 2020 The Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association, Honorable Mention, for outstanding reference book.
“Introduction: Caregiving, Kinship, and the Making of Stories.” Carol Schilling and Mark Osteen, Guest Co-Editors. Journal of Medical Humanities, Special Issue: Caregiving, Kinship, and the Making of Stories. 38:1 (2017): 1-4.
“Looking after Iris: John Bayley’s Elegy for the Living.” Journal of Medical Humanities. 38:1 (2017): 13-23. (Published online 7 November 2016)
“Acts of Reflection: Combining Readers’ Theater and Reflective Writing in Medical Education.” Carol Schilling and Susan Arjmand. Keeping Reflection Fresh: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators. Eds. Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-MacLean. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. 116-119. 2016.
Syllabus for “Beyond Quality of Life: Disability Perspectives on Bioethics,” University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s first course on disability, co-taught with Teresa Blankmyer Burke. Disability Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: Interventions in Disability Studies Pedagogy. 35:2 (2015).
“’The breath goes now’: Questioning a Case Study about Withdrawing a Respirator.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. Vol. 3, no.1 (Spring 2013): E13-E16.
“Family Caregiving and the Ethics of Responsibility (Marvin’s Room).” The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies. Eds. Henri Colt, Silvia Quadrelli, and Lester Friedman. New York: Oxford UP, 2011.
“Feathers Rose from the Floor as I Walked through the Doors of the ER.” The Patient. Eds. Harold Schweizer and Kim Myers. Bucknell UP, 2010.
“Disability Perspectives on Bioethics.” Chapter 17 in The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. Eds. Vardit Ratvinsky, Autumn Fiester, & Arthur Caplan. Springer, 2009.
- Recipient of the 2009 PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence for a Single-Volume Reference book in Science.
Health Studies/Independent College Programs
- Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness, and Healing in Contexts of Inequality
- Disability and Super-ability on Film: From Bioethics to Social Justice
- Memoirs of Illness
Upper-Division Writing Seminar
Writing about Science
First-Year Critical Writing Seminars
- Life-Altering Conditions: Memoirs of Illness and Disability
- Evolutionary Fictions
- Evolutionary Arguments
- Becoming: Life Writing about Science and Medicine
Haverford Summer Science Institute
- Making People: GATTACA and Debates about Genetic Enhancement
Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Editorial Board, Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU http://medhum.med.nyu.edu/?action=new