Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., is a philosopher and historian. As the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Moreno is a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. Among his books are The Body Politic, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, Mind Wars (2012), and Undue Risk (2000).  His most recent book is Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network (2014).  He is currently writing a book about neuroscience and another about the history of bioethics.

Moreno frequently contributes to such publications as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and often appears on broadcast media. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.  His work has been cited by Al Gore and was used in the development of the screenplay for “The Bourne Legacy.”  His online neuroethics course drew more than 36,000 registrants in fall 2013.  The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the most interesting bioethicist of our time.”

Moreno is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and is the U.S. member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee.  Moreno has served as an adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including three 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.   He has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Moreno holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, was awarded an honorary doctorate by 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.

The views expressed here are his own.

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Impromptu Man

Named after my book Impromptu Man: JL Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network, in this blog I will explore my interests in the history of psychology, bioethics, neuroscience and biopolitics.  My previous books on these topics include Mind Wars: Brain Research and the Military in the 21st Century, The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, and Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans.

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