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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 Professor of Anaesthesia, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics, a program that builds the bioethics capacity of… Read more


  • Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D. Research Scholar

    Nancy Berlinger focuses on ethical challenges in health care work and on related health and social policy challenges in the United States and internationally. Her special interests include societal challenges arising from population aging and age-related chronic illness; treatment decision-making and care for seriously ill people and near the end of life; health care access… 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Carolyn P. Neuhaus, Ph.D 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 the development of digital medicine and use of AI in healthcare. She is currently engaged in research in The Hastings Center’s Humans and Nature and Science and… Read more

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  • Erik Parens, Ph.D. Senior Research Scholar

    At The Hastings Center, Erik Parens explores how sciences, such as genetics and neuroscience, shape our understanding of ourselves. He also explores the ethical questions that arise as we use technologies, such as gene editing, surgery, and psychopharmacology, to shape ourselves. Those two lines of inquiry begin to come together in his 2015 book Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing, and a Habit of Thinking.  Currently Parens is the Principal Investigator on a project (funded by the Russell… Read more

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

    Joel Michael Reynolds is the 2017-20 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His 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… Read more


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