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Nita Farahany

Professor of Law & Philosophy; Director of Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Duke University

North Carolina


Artificial Intelligence Consumer Technology Education Free Speech Law Legislation Military Policy Privacy Research

Nita A. Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy, Director of Duke Science & Society, and Chair of the Duke MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. From 2010-2017, she served on the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is a widely published scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences and emerging technologies, and a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. Farahany is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Privacy, Technology & Values, a Board member of the International Neuroethics Society, serves on scientific advisory boards, the Neuroethics Division of the BRAIN Initiative for NIH, and is a co-editor-in-chief and a founding editor of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Farahany holds an AB (Genetics) from Dartmouth College, an ALM (Biology) from Harvard University, and a JD, MA, and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from Duke University.

Keywords: Neuroethics, bioethics, AI ethics, virtual reality, Law, science policy, direct-to-consumer technology, neuroscience, genomics, CRISPR, stem cells, medical devices, medical drugs