Eric recently graduated with a master’s degree in bioethics form Harvard Medical School and is currently an MDiv Candidate at Harvard Divinity School, where he studies contemplative practice, queer theology, and the ethics of care. As an undergraduate, he studied performance and critical race theory at the University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse. He was funded through the Office of Research and Creativity to study the intersections of performance, education, and healing in collaboration with the Cardboard Citizens theatre company in London, Challenging Heights anti-trafficking youth programs in Ghana, a state-run orphanage for children with disabilities in Vietnam, and a Keralan performance company working to preserve the ancient aesthetic theories of the Nāṭyaśāstra. He is a Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute, the National Director of Training at Scouts for Equality, a candidate in the Chaplaincy Training Program at the Upaya Institute and a member of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education’s teacher training program. Over the summer of 2017 Eric served as a research fellow under the mentorship of Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton, the David B. Larson Fellow of Health and Spirituality and Scholar in Residence for the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, where he explored theories of moral injury and collective healing among veterans and citizens returning from incarceration. Eric seeks to understand moral experiences of violence, trauma, and care—particularly the ways in which these experiences inform the bioethics of stigma, marginalization, and disparities in health and education across the lifespan.
For more about Eric's work, read An Interview with Eric Busse.