Karen J. Maschke has a Ph.D in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her work in bioethics she taught political science and criminal justice at Oakland University in Michigan and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Maschke has published in a variety of areas, including research ethics, legal and constitutional policy, and criminal justice. She has worked with physicians at Weill Cornell Medical College to develop research ethics capacity in Haiti and taught a research ethics course to graduate students at Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince. She is a member of The Data Sharing and Intellectual Capital work space (DSIC) of the National Cancer Institute’s cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™), which is developing policies and guidelines for researchers and Institutional Review Boards regarding access controls to cancer research data. She also works on an NIH-funded project that examines the legal, ethical, and social implications of using drug addiction genetic information in criminal justice settings and on a European Commission-funded project that will develop a platform to promote and support international dialogue on privacy and ethics of biometrics and personal detection technologies.