Nita Farahany

Nita Farahany is a professor of law and philosophy, and a professor of genome sciences and policy, at Duke University, where she is also the director of the Duke Science and Society Initiative. She is one of the “leading scholars on the ethical, legal and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies,” according to her bio.

Farahany is an expert on the intersection of science and ethics. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and she has testified before Congress on various issues related to policy and science.

She is a frequent media guest and contributor and has appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Radiolab and the PBS special “Brains on Trial.”

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Professor of Law and Philosophy, Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy, Director of the Duke Science & Society Initiative at Duke University

Areas of Expertise: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Biosciences and Emerging Technologies; Law; Philosophy; Bioethics; Neuroethics; Neuroscience; Genetics

Location: Durham, NC
Contact Information:

Email: farahany@duke.edu

Phone: (919) 613-8514

Assistant, Julia Walker: (919) 684-8839

Heard on WNYC: For a full list, click here.

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Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr professor of law at Columbia University, where she teaches in the areas of contract law, bioethics (particularly issues involving property in bodies and body parts), and civil and human rights (including issues of race, gender, disability and mental health). In 2000 she received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in law and social justice.

Williams began her law career as a consumer advocate and freelance journalist; she continues to write a monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” for The Nation magazine (and blogs at madlawprofessor.wordpress.com), is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper. She is the author of several books, including “The Alchemy of Race and Rights,” “The Rooster’s Egg” and “Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race.”

Williams has appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and NPR’s Tell Me More.


James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Contract Law, Bioethics, Civil and Human Rights (Race, Gender, Disability and Mental Health), Social Justice

Location: Boston, MA and New York City, NY (France and Seattle, WA, during academic breaks)

Contact Information:
Email:
madlawprofessor@aol.com
Phone: (617) 524-3192

You can also contact Williams’ assistant, Nersa Miller
Phone: (212) 854-8385

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

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