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Presidential Scholars

  • Liz BowenPhDPresidential Scholar

    Liz Bowen is an assistant professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate Medical University and a Hastings Center presidential scholar. An English literature and disability studies scholar, she was the 2020-2022 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. Her research combines formal analysis with historical context to explore how Americans’ understandings of disability and chronic illness, gender and sexuality, and extrahuman ecologies have shaped both literar...

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  • Mercer Gary

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    Mercer GaryPhDPresidential Scholar

    Mercer Gary is a Hastings Center presidential scholar and an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at The Hastings Center from 2022 to 2023. 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...

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  • Lucas J. MatthewsPresidential Scholar

    Lucas J. Matthews is a presidential scholar at The Hastings Center and an assistant professor at Columbia University. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah where he studied conceptual issues in evolutionary biology. He completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in human behavior genetics at the University of Virginia, where he examined methodological problems related to genomic research on intelligence. He later completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics...

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  • Zachary E. Shapiro

    Zachary E. ShapiroJD, MSc2017 Presidential Scholar of Law

    Zachary E. Shapiro contributed a legal orientation to ongoing projects at The Hastings Center, focusing on the intersection of law, neuroscience, and bioethics.

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