Postdoctoral Research Associates

  1. Mark Budolfson

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Mark Budolfson often works on interdisciplinary issues at the interface of ethics and public policy, especially in connection with collective action problems such as climate change and other dilemmas that arise in connection with common resources and public goods. Other current research areas include epistemology, the nature of normativity, the legitimacy of international institutions, food ethics and politics, and environmental philosophy. He is affiliated with the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) program in the Wilson School.


  2. Francis Dennig

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Francis Dennig is an economist working on climate and welfare economics. His research program reevaluates standard tenets of welfare economics in light of the particular demands of climate policy. In particular, he examines the effect of uncertainty on optimal emission abatement policy and the effect of policy on the intergenerational distribution of welfare. Francis holds an M.Phil and D.Phil in economics from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from ETH, Zürich. This is his second year holding this position, jointly appointed by the University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School, where he is affiliated with the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program.


  3. Minh Ly

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Minh Ly’s research in political theory focuses on questions of democratic theory, global justice, ethics and public policy, and the justice of international finance. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Global Deliberation: A Human Right to Deliberative Democracy that examines how states and international organizations can be held democratically accountable for respecting human rights. It argues for a participatory theory of accountability, called deliberative justification that would more strongly protect human rights than accountability through states, while being more feasible than global democracy. He has published in the Review of International Political Economy (2012) and the Routledge Handbook of Global Economic Governance (2013). Ly holds a Ph.D in political science from Brown University and an A.B. in social studies from Harvard University. He is also affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance.


  4. Andreas Schmidt

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Andreas Schmidt is a moral and political theorist working on freedom, distributive justice, and public health ethics. In his current research, he applies theoretical debates about freedom to discussions of paternalism in public health and examines how far a consequentialist framework in public health is able to account for responsibility, inequality, and fairness. Schmidt holds a DPhil and BPhil in philosophy from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of Bayreuth. He is also affiliated with the Center for Health and Well-Being in the Woodrow Wilson School.


  5. Jason L. Schwartz

    Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

    Phone (609) 258-0168

    Fax (609) 258-1285



    Location Room 105, 5 Ivy Lane

    Jason L. Schwartz studies ethical, historical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in public health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His current research examines how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to risks associated with pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an A.B. in classics from Princeton. He is a former staff member for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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