University Professor

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor

Professor of History and Sociology of Science

Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Professor of Philosophy (by courtesy)

362 Claudia Cohen Hall
By appointment


(215) 898-7629
(215) 573-0245


Ph.D., Washington University
B.A., Hofstra University

Research Interests

History of bioethics
Politics and the life sciences
History and philosophy of social science

Selected Work

The Brain in Context: A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience (2020)

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Healthcare in America (2019)

Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network (2014)

Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century (2012)

The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America (2011)

Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (2006)

Ethical Guidelines for Innovative Surgery (2006)

Is There an Ethicist in the House? On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics (2005)

In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (2003)

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research (2003)

Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans (2001)

Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus (1995)

Arguing Euthanasia (1995)

Paying the Doctor (1990)

The Qualitative-Quantitative Distinction in the Social Sciences (1989)

Discourse in the Social Sciences (1982)

Teaching Fields

General bioethics
History of bioethics
Bioethics and national security

Faculty Bookshelf