Previous Postdoctoral Research Associates

Past Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associates in Bioethics

Michael Rabenberg (2019-2021)
Michael Rabenberg is a philosopher specializing in ethics. He is especially interested in the badness of death, the morality of rescue, value incommensurability, and the ways in which these topics relate to one another. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.

Monique Wonderly (2015-2018)
University of California-Riverside, Department of Philosophy

Monique Wonderly holds a Ph.D. from UC Riverside, an M.A. from Western Michigan University, and B.A. degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan. Her current work spans three overlapping research areas: the nature and normativity of emotional attachment, psychopathology and moral agency, and responsibility and moral emotions. Her papers include (among others): “On Being Attached” (Philosophical Studies), “Can We Un-forgive?” (Philosophers’ Imprint), “Agency and Varieties of Felt Necessity,” (Ethics), and “Forgiving, Committing, and Un-forgiving” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; selected for inclusion in the Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best papers published in philosophy in 2021). 

Jason Schwartz (2012 – 2015)
University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics

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.

Kristi Olson (2010 – 2012)
Harvard University, Department of Philosophy

Kristi Olson's research interests lie in the intersection of philosophy and public policy. While at Princeton she explored arguments for and against the right to a basic income and their applicability to the right to publicly-funded health care. Kristi holds a Ph.D in philosophy from Harvard University, a J.D. from Duke Law School, and an A.M. in health policy from Harvard University. She has also worked as an attorney for the National Health Law Program.

Bennett Foddy (2007 – 2010)
Oxford University, Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics

Bennett Foddy was the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at the Center for Human Values from 2007-2010. He is the author of numerous articles, including “Can Addicted People Consent to the Prescription of their Drug?” in Bioethics and “The Ethics of Genetic Testing in Sport” in International SportsMed Journal. He has written a chapter on “Performance Enhancement and the Spirit of Sport” for the forthcoming Gillon’s Principles of Healthcare Ethics. He received his D.Phil. in bioethics from the University of Melbourne in 2007.

Nir Eyal (2004 – 2006)
Harvard University, Program in Ethics and Health

Dr. Eyal was the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Center for Human Values from 2004-2006. He is currently instructor in Social Medicine (Division of Medical Ethics) at the Harvard Medical School, with a primary appointment at the university-wide Program in Ethics and Health. He received his D.Phil. in politics at Oxford University, his M.A. in philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his B.A. in philosophy and history from Tel-Aviv University. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Clinical Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health. His earlier background is in ethics and political philosophy.

S. Matthew Liao (2003 – 2004)
University of Oxford, The Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences

Dr. Liao was the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Center for Human Values in the academic year 2003-04. He is currently an associate professor in the Center for Bioethics at New York University with affiliation in the Department of Philosophy. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University. He is interested in a wide range of philosophical issues in ethics, bioethics, metaphysics, and moral psychology, and has published in journals such as The Monist, Journal of Value Inquiry, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, he was a Greenwall Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University from 2004-2006, and the Deputy Director and James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University from 2006-2009.  


Past Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy (jointly appointed with the School of Public and International Affairs)

Mark Alfano (2012 – 2013)
Chloé Bakalar (2015 – 2017)
Sharon Bassan (2017 – 2019)
Mark Budolfson (2014 – 2016)
Simon Cotton (2012 – 2014)
Francis Dennig (2013 – 2015)
Maddalena Ferranna (2016 – 2018)
Ashley Gorham (2019 - 2021)
August Gorman (2019 - 2022)
Kathryn Joyce (2020-2023)
Minh Ly (2014 – 2016)
Kian Mintz-Woo (2019 - 2020)
Sally Nuamah (2016 – 2018)
Daniel Putnam (2016 – 2018)
Andreas Schmidt (2014 – 2016)
Stephen Wertheim (2015 – 2016)
Annette Zimmerman (2019 - 2020)

Past Postdoctoral Research Associates in Ethics and Climate Change

Simona Capisani (2021-2022)
Blake Francis (2017-2019)
Colin Hickey (2021-2022)
Ewan Kingston (2019-2021)

Past Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Cognitive Science of Values

Sara Aronowitz (2019-2020)
Corey Cusimano (2019-2022)
Emily Foster-Hanson (2020-2023)
David Kinney (2021-2023)
Dylan Murray (2017-2019)
Emma Rodman (2020-2022)
Thalia Vrantsidis (2021-2023)

Past Postdoctoral Research Associate in Democracy and Human Values

Joseph Mazor (2009 – 2010)
Laura Valentini (2009 – 2010)

Past Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy and Religion

Alexander Englert (2020-2023)
Ryan Darr (2019-2022)
Daniel Rubio (2019 – 2022)