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)
Ph.D., Washington University
B.A., Hofstra University
Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. His most recent books are Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Healthcare in America, co-authored with Penn president Amy Gutmann; and The Brain in Context: A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience, written with neuroscientist Jay Schulkin. He was co-host of Making the Call, an Endeavor Content podcast.
Among Moreno’s previous books are Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network; The Body Politic, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews; Undue Risk, nominated for the Virginia Book Award; and Mind Wars, which was referenced by the screenwriter of The Bourne Legacy. He has published more than a thousand papers, articles, reviews and op-eds. Moreno’s writings have been translated into German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Romanian. Moreno is senior consultant to a six-year, 10 million euro project on cold war medical science on both sides of the iron curtain, funded by the European Research Council.
Moreno’s op eds have been published in venues including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, Nature, Slate, Politico, The Hill, Foreign Affairs, Axios.com, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. He often appears on broadcast and online media and was a columnist for ABCNews.com. Formerly Moreno was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. and editor of the online magazine Science Progress. The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the quietly most interesting bioethicist of our time.”
Moreno is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has served as staff member or adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, three U.S. presidential commissions, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.
Moreno received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the College of William and Mary Law School Benjamin Rush Medal, the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University, and the Penn Alumni Faculty Award of Merit. He holds the honorary Visiting Professorship in History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. In 2018 the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
History of bioethics
Politics and the life sciences
History and philosophy of social science
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)
History of bioethics
Bioethics and national security