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Hastings Scholars

Hastings scholars come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, social psychology, law, political science, education, and theology. Their research takes on some of the most difficult dilemmas and controversies in the areas of human reproduction, genetics, population health, aging, and end-of-life care, and the risks and benefits of new technologies.
  • Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D. President

    Mildred Solomon has an international reputation for her research on, and advocacy for, wiser health care and science policy. In addition to her leadership role at The Hastings Center, she is a professor at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics, a program that builds the bioethics capacity of the Harvard… Read more

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  • Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D. Research Scholar

    Nancy Berlinger focuses on ethical challenges in health care work and on related areas of professional education and health policy in the United States and internationally. Special interests include treatment decision-making and care near the end of life; ethical issues in the management of chronic illnesses, including cancer; access to health care for undocumented immigrants… Read more

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  • Daniel Callahan, Ph.D. Cofounder, President Emeritus, Board Member

    Daniel Callahan is a pioneer in bioethics, a noted author, and one of the world’s preeminent bioethics scholars. He cofounded The Hastings Center with Willard Gaylin in 1969 and served as its director from 1969 to 1983 and president from 1984 to 1996. He is currently member of the Board of Directors. He is a… Read more

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  • Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D. Research Scholar

    Michael Gusmano investigates health care equity in the U.S. and other countries. His research and publications have focused on health policy, aging, and comparative welfare state analysis. He is the codirector of the World Cities Project, the first effort to compare the performance of health, social, and long-term care systems in New York, London, Paris… Read more

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  • Josephine Johnston, LL.B., MBHL. Director of Research, Research Scholar

    Josephine Johnston is an expert on the ethical, legal, and policy implications of biomedical technologies, particularly as used in human reproduction, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, her commentaries have appeared in Stat News, The New Republic, Time, Washington Post, and The Scientist. Ms. Johnston is interviewed frequently by the media, appearing in the New York Times, Wall… Read more

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  • Gregory E. Kaebnick, Ph.D. Director, Editorial Department; Editor, Hastings Center Report; Research Scholar

    Gregory E. Kaebnick explores questions about the values at stake in developing and using biotechnologies and, particularly, in questions about the value given to nature and human nature. He is also the director of the Editorial Department and the editor of the Hastings Center Report. He has testified before Congress on ethical issues concerning the… Read more

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  • Karen J. Maschke, Ph.D. Research Scholar; Editor, IRB: Ethics & Human Research

    Karen Maschke has expertise on the ethical, legal, and policy issues associated with the development, regulation, and use of new biomedical technologies, including genomic tests, stem cell interventions, and brain imaging technologies. She is also an expert on the ethical, legal, and policy issues related to human subjects research, research with human biospecimens, and data… Read more

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  • Sarah McGraw, Ph.D. Research Methodologist

    Sarah McGraw is a medical anthropologist who applies qualitative research methods to questions pertaining to public health and research ethics. Her work concerns informed consent in biobanking; end-of-life care; and health care for people with addictions, mental illness, and other chronic conditions. Among her current projects is a qualitative research study as part of the… Read more

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  • Thomas Murray, Ph.D. President Emeritus

    Thomas H. Murray was president of The Hastings Center from 1999 to 2012. He was formerly the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. He serves on many editorial boards and has testified before many… Read more

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  • Carolyn P. Neuhaus, PhD research scholar

    Carolyn P. Neuhaus explores philosophical and ethical questions that arise throughout biomedical research and medical practice, from the philosophical foundations of the use of animals in biomedical research to adolescent medicine. She is currently engaged in research in The Hastings Center’s Humans and Nature and Science and the Self project areas. Prior to joining The… Read more

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  • Erik Parens, Ph.D. Senior Research Scholar

    Erik Parens investigates the ethical and social implications of using technologies such as psychopharmacology, surgery, and gene editing to shape ourselves and our children.  He also investigates how emerging sciences such as genetics and neuroscience shape our understanding of ourselves as persons. His most recent book is Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing and a… Read more

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  • Joel Michael Reynolds, PhD Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities

    Joel Michael Reynolds’s research and public engagement center on foundational issues concerning ethics, society, and embodiment. What does flourishing mean in the genomic age?  How can one be ethical in an unjust world? How do our bodies shape experience, understanding, and judgment? Seeking to bring reflective and empirical insights together, he engages work across the… Read more

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  • Randall L. Owen, MS, MSc, PA-C Presidential Scholar in Health Care and Technology

    Randall L. Owen is the Presidential Scholar of Health Care and Technology for 2017-2018. He brings an engineering and clinical background to ongoing projects at The Hastings Center, focusing on the intersection of technology, health care, and bioethics. He recently completed the Bioethics Fellowship at Harvard Medical School where he began developing his interests in… Read more

  • Zachary E. Shapiro, JD, MSc Presidential Scholar of Law

    Zachary E. Shapiro is the Presidential Scholar of Law for 2016-2017. He contributes a legal orientation to ongoing projects at The Hastings Center, focusing on the intersection of law, neuroscience, and bioethics. He graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 2016, pursuing his interests in law, ethics, and biomedicine. His scholarship in law school… Read more

  • Rosemary Gibson, M.S. Senior Advisor

    Rosemary Gibson writes and lectures about health care, health care reform, Medicare, and patient safety.  She led national health care quality and and safety initiatives at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was chief architect of the foundation’s decade-long strategy that successfully established palliative care in more than 1,600 hospitals in the United States. She… Read more

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  • Bruce Jennings, M.A. Senior Advisor

    Bruce Jennings is a political scientist whose research spans a wide range of subjects, including environmental ethics, health policy, and end-of-life care. He is an adjunct associate professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and a senior fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, a nonprofit research center that studies environmental ethics and… Read more

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  • Wendell Wallach, M.Ed. Senior Advisor

    Wendell Wallach is an internationally recognized expert on the ethical and governance concerns posed by emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and neuroscience. He is a consultant, an ethicist, and a scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, where he chairs the working research group on technology and ethics. He is co-author (with Colin Allen)… Read more

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