About Me

“The quietly most interesting bioethicist of our time.”
               –The American Journal of Bioethics

If this website looks like it’s not curated, that’s because it isn’t.  I’m doing this on my own as an amateur without a lot of fancy WordPress stuff for anyone who’s interested in my work. 

My biosketch is below.   These days I’m working on a book about bioethics and the international rules-based order, which I’m happy to discuss with interested colleagues and media folks.


Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. Moreno is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a member of the National Academies Committee on Human Rights.

Moreno has served as a staff member or adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including three U.S. presidential commissions, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. Moreno is currently a member of the Bayer Bioethics Council.  He was named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.  In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Currently he is an investigator on a $1.1 million Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative project on artificial intelligence-enabled neurotechnologies and warfighters.  He is senior consultant to a six-year, 10 million-euro project on cold war medical science on both sides of the iron curtain, funded by the European Research Council.

Moreno received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the College of William and Mary Law School Benjamin Rush Medal, the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University, and the Penn Alumni Faculty Award of Merit.  He has held the honorary Visiting Professorship in History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. In 2018 the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.                   

His most recent books are Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die, co-authored with former Penn president Amy Gutmann, now U.S. Ambassador to Germany; and The Brain in Context: A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience, written with neuroscientist Jay Schulkin.  Among his previous books are Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network; The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews; Undue Risk, nominated for the Virginia Literary Award; and Mind Wars, which was referenced by the screenwriter of The Bourne Legacy. He has published more than a thousand papers, articles, reviews and op-eds and has been translated into several languages.

Moreno has published in venues including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, Nature, Slate, Politico, The Hill and Foreign Affairs. He is often interviewed on broadcast and online media.  He was co-host of Making the Call, an Endeavor Content podcast, and was a columnist for ABCNews.com. As a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. he edited the online magazine Science Progress. The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the quietly most interesting bioethicist of our time.”


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