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Jonathan Moreno - University of Pennsylvania Health System. Washington D.C. Metro Area, DC, US

Jonathan Moreno

Professor | University of Pennsylvania Health System

Washington D.C. Metro Area, DC, UNITED STATES

Professor at University of Pennsylvania Health System








Jonathan D. Moreno is one of fourteen Penn Integrates Knowledge university professors at the University Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.

His book, The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. Among his other books are Mind Wars: Brain Research and the Military in the 21st Century, and Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans.

He was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School and the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University

Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Research Council. He is a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions.

Moreno is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he edits the magazine Science Progress ( He has served as an adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Moreno has published 15 books and more than 500 papers, book chapters, reviews and op eds. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major media.

Industry Expertise (3)




Areas of Expertise (3)



National Security Policy

Accomplishments (8)

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (professional)


Post-doctoral fellowship

Honorary Doctorate, Hofstra University (professional)


Honorary degree.

Benjamin Rush Medal (professional)


College of William & Mary School of Law

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 List, "The Body Politic" (professional)


Kirkus Reviews

Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship (professional)


Tufts University

Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (professional)


The National Academies

Transition Team, President-Elect Barack Obama (professional)


Team Lead for Bioethics, Department of Health and Human Services

International Bioethics Commission (professional)



Education (3)

Hofstra University: BA, Philosophy, Psychology 1973

Washington University in St. Louis: PhD 1977

Washington University: PhD, Philosophy 1977

Affiliations (2)

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Center for American Progress

Sample Talks (3)

The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America

We have entered what is called the “biological century” and a new biopolitics has emerged to address the implications for America’s collective value system, our well-being, and ultimately, our future. In this talk I assess this new force in our political landscape—one that fuels today’s culture wars and has motivated politicians of all stripes to reexamine their platforms.

Mind Wars: Brain Research and the Military in the 21st Century

Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. I discuss the work of the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of the intelligence community and countless university science departments in preparing the military and intelligence services for the twenty-first century.

Neuroethics: The New Brain Science and What it Means

Neuroethics studies the way that the brain influences our moral choices and the ways that neurotechnologies will shape the human future. Is there a self? Do we have free will? Can drugs and devices improve our minds or do they present too many risks? In this talk I explore these and other challenges and possibliities of the new brain science.



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