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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. SolomonEd.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 Global Health and Social Medicine, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics. Dr. Solomon is both a bioethicist and social science researcher. The primary focus of her bioethics scholarship has been on the ethics of end-of-life care for adults...

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  • Nancy Berlinger

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    Nancy BerlingerPh.D.Senior Research Scholar

    Nancy Berlinger is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institute based in Garrison, NY. Her current research focuses on ethical and societal challenges arising from population aging; the bioethics of migration, and responding to and learning from the Covid-19 pandemic. She has longstanding research interests in decision-making and care in serious illness and near the end of life; the management of problems of safety and harm in health systems, and the mora...

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  • Mercer Gary

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    Mercer GaryPhDPostdoctoral Fellow

    Mercer Gary joined The Hastings Center as a postdoctoral fellow in 2022. She is a feminist philosopher and bioethicist working at the intersection of care and technology. Her research analyzes the ethical meanings of care in a context where care work is both devalued and delegated to technology. Drawing on feminist approaches that ground responsibility in relationships, Mercer examines the moral and political significances of human relationships to technology. Her work at The Hastings Center wil...

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  • Michael K. GusmanoPh.D.Senior 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 and Tokyo, the four largest cities among the wealthy nations of the world. In addition to being a research scholar at The Hastings Center, he is ...

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  • Athmeya Jayaram

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    Athmeya JayaramPh.D.Research Scholar

    Athmeya Jayaram works at the intersection of political theory and technology ethics, particularly on how we can make legitimate and fair decisions on the design and use of AI and gene editing technologies.

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  • Josephine Johnston

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    Josephine JohnstonLL.B., MBHL.Senior 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,&n...

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  • Gregory E. Kaebnick

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    Gregory E. KaebnickPh.D.Director, Editorial Department; Editor, Hastings Center Report; Senior 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 use of new genetic technologies and served on a National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences committee, Gene Drive Research in Non-Hu...

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  • Karen J. Maschke

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    Karen J. MaschkePh.D.Senior Research Scholar; Editor, Ethics & Human Research

    Karen Maschke has expertise on the ethical, regulatory and policy issues involving the development, assessment, and use of new biomedical technologies. She has worked on several NIH-funded studies and expert advisory groups that addressed privacy, transparency, and government surveillance issues related to the collection, storage, and use of biometric data and research and health data, including identifiable and deidentified genomic and epigenomic data. She was a collaborator and the Hastings Cen...

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  • Thomas Murray

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    Thomas H. MurrayPh.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 Congressional committees. Among other current posts, he serves as an international expert advisor to Singapore’s Bioethics Advisory Committee and vice chair of Charity...

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  • Carolyn P. Neuhaus

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    Carolyn P. NeuhausPh.DResearch 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 the Self project areas.

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  • Danielle PaciaMBEResearch Associate

    Danielle M. Pacia focuses on bioethics topics related to individualized therapies, community health, and the ever-changing landscape of reproductive health care in the United States. She is interested in high-level questions related to reciprocity, relationality, and solidarity, and how these concepts impact health policy in the U.S.  and inform pathways for improved health care access.

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  • Erik Parens

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    Erik ParensPh.D.Senior Research Scholar

    Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at The Hastings Center and Director of the Center’s Initiative in Bioethics and the Humanities. He has taught bioethics as an adjunct professor in the Science, Technology, and Society programs at Vassar and Sarah Lawrence, as well as in the Master of Bioethics program at Harvard.

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  • Faith E. FletcherPh.DSenior Advisor

    Faith Fletcher is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities RACE Affinity Group, a national special interest group committed to promoting bioethics discourse and cross-disciplinary collaboration around social and structural disadvantage. Her research over the past decade investigates the health care and research experiences of traditionally marginalized and stigmatized populations to inform ethically groun...

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  • Rosemarie  Garland-Thomson

    Rosemarie Garland-ThomsonPhDSenior Advisor

    Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is a disability justice and culture thought leader, bioethicist, educator, and humanities scholar. She consults on many academic and bioethics projects, gives frequent lectures, presentations, and media interviews, publishes in a range of media, and participates in a wide range of web events. Her 2016 op-ed, “Becoming Disabled,” was the inaugural article in the ongoing weekly series in the New York Times about disability by people living with disabilities.

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  • Rosemary Gibson

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    Rosemary GibsonM.S.Senior Advisor

    Rosemary Gibson writes and lectures about health care, health care reform, Medicare, and patient safety.  She is a senior advisor at The Hastings Center. 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 is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Ac...

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  • Gretchen Greene

    Gretchen GreeneC.Phil, MS, JDSenior Advisor

    Gretchen Greene is an internationally recognized expert on face and emotion recognition and AI and AV policy and ethics whose advice to governments has been read in 8,000 cities. She is a senior advisor at The Hastings Center.

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  • Bruce Jennings

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    Bruce JenningsM.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 policy. He was executive director of The Hastings Center from 1991 to 1999 and is a Hastings senior advisor and a Hastings ...

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  • Lisa Moses

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    Lisa MosesVMDSenior Advisor

    Lisa Moses is a veterinarian and animal focused bioethicist. After nearly 30 years as a practicing veterinary specialist for the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Moses became a faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. Dr Moses is the chair of both the Animal Ethics Study Group at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and the Harvard-Yale Animal Ethics Faculty Seminar, and she holds a visiting scientist appointment at the Broad Institute of MIT...

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  • Joel Michael ReynoldsPhDSenior Advisor

    Joel Michael Reynolds Senior Advisor to The Hastings Center, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Faculty Scholar of The Greenwall Foundation. He is also the founder of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability and co-founder of Oxford Studies in Disability, Ethics, and Society. His research and public engagement center on foundational issues concerning ethics, society, and embodiment. W...

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  • Lauren A. Taylor

    Lauren A. TaylorPhD, MDiv, MPHSenior Advisor

    Lauren A. Taylor, PhD, MDiv, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She primarily studies health care through an organizational lens, applying theoretical frameworks from business ethics and political philosophy to managerial and policy dilemmas. At NYU, she teaches health policy and leadership courses to masters and undergraduate students. She holds a PhD from Harvard Business School, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and an...

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  • Wendell WallachM.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 a Hastings Center senior advisor. He is co-author (with Colin Allen) of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong, which maps t...

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