Gilbert Meilaender taught since 1996 at Valparaiso University, where he held the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics. He now holds the title of Senior Research Professor at the school. Prior to teaching there, he taught at the University of Virginia and at Oberlin College. He earned his PhD degree at Princeton University in 1976.
Professor Meilaender has published thirteen books and numerous articles. Among the books are Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics; Bioethics: A Primer for Christians; The Way that Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life; Neither Beast Nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person; Should We Live Forever? The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging; and Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits. He is co-editor (with William Werpehowski) of the Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, as an Associate Editor of Religious Studies Review, and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.
Bioethics is one of the areas to which Professor Meilaender has given considerable attention in his teaching and writing. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and was a member of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2009. He is a former Distinguished Fellow (2011-2021) with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.