Jane Hartsock, J.D.

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Affiliate Faculty


Jane Hartsock, J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Health Studies and the Director of the Graduate Program in Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis where she teaches Medical Humanities to both majors and non-majors, as well as electives drawing on the intersection of Medical Humanities and Law. 

Jane completed her law degree at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2002 where she focused her course work on medical-legal issues and completed a year-long clerkship in medical malpractice for a malpractice-defense firm here in Indianapolis.  After completion of her law degree and admission to the Illinois State Bar, Jane embarked on a career in healthcare litigation primarily defending hospitals, clinicians, and long-term care facilities in Chicago, Illinois.  However, Jane’s legal career provided her with substantial experience in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country exposing her to a variety of cultural and ideological differences in attitudes towards health, illness, and medicine, which inform her approach to both Medical Humanities and Medical Ethics.  These interests ultimately led Jane to pursue a Masters in Philosophy and Bioethics and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities and Health Studies, which she will complete in the Spring of 2017.  In 2016, Jane completed a Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at FCME. Jane’s primary areas of interest are transplant ethics, law and medicine, narrative, and physician and patient stories as a means of sense-making.


  • 1999: Butler University, B.A. English
  • 2002: Indiana University School of Law, J.D.
  • 2016: Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics
  • 2017: Indiana University, Graduate Certificate, Medical Humanities
  • 2017: Indiana University, M.A. Philosophy (Concentration: Bioethics)

Representative Publications

  • Jane A. Hartsock, Steven S. Ivy, Paul R. Helft. “Liver Allocation to Non-U.S. Citizen Non-U.S. Residents: An Ethical Framework for a Last-in-Line Approach.” The American Journal of Transplantation, 16 (2016): 1681-7.