Graduate Student Profiles
Chong Un Choe
Chong Un Choe practiced law for eight years as an appellate research attorney before pursuing a second career in philosophy. As a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Georgetown, her main areas of interest are normative and applied ethics, bioethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. Chong is writing her dissertation on international legitimacy and procedural justice and, in large part, the application of due process and equality as philosophical foundations of international law. Chong's other research projects are in environmental ethics, genocide and mass violence, poverty, and global health.
As one of her main areas of interest, bioethics is a central feature of Chong's academic pursuits. Chong's past research efforts include papers offering a collaborative approach to deliberation on bioethical issues and considering the parental rights and responsibilities implicated by the availability of reproductive technologies and genetic engineering. As a part of her doctoral program, Chong has worked as a teaching assistant and guest lectured for introductory courses on ethics and bioethics. Chong also has participated in the Joint Colloquium on Bioethics, served on the staff for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and looks forward to her two new projects: being a Kennedy Institute of Ethics Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year and working on an NSF grant project evaluating the ethical considerations of the use of animals in research. Contact Chong »
As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a BS in Ethics, History, and Public Policy, Emily acquired the belief that all philosophers "did statistics". She has since updated her priors accordingly but continues to work at the intersection of bioethics and causal inference, with a particular emphasis on public health research and policy.
In addition to pursuing her PhD in philosophy at Georgetown, Emily received a Sommer Scholars fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and earned an MPH (with a certificate in Risk Sciences). Her dissertation, under the direction of Tom Beauchamp, articulates and defends uncertainty as a necessary condition of justified research.
Emily has served as a consultant to two IOM Committees: Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs and Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth. She has also worked for the Department of Clinical Trials and Biometry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Department of Bioethics at the NIH. Currently, Emily is the Managing Editor for AJOB-Primary Research.
Apart from philosophy and public policy, Emily is working on an honorary DVM - wrangling her menagerie (3 mammals, 6 reptiles, and assorted temporary residents in recovery) and volunteering at the local animal shelter. Contact Emily »
Kyle's interests in bioethics come about more or less from what he perceives as necessity bioethical questions just won't go away. In the past he has taught classes encompassing various aspects of bioethics, including environmental ethics, ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, and animal ethics. (The accompanying picture is from Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, where Rhesus monkeys are studied in a quasi-natural setting.) His dissertation, which focuses on the concept of sacrifice as a way of characterizing and responding to the problem of demandingness in normative theory, has distracted him from bioethical issues of interest. But he currently serves on an IRB at the Georgetown University Medical Center and has a return to researching more directly bioethical topics (wilderness and biodiversity, enhancement, organ transplants, consent and privacy) programmed for the future. Contact Kyle »
Laura believes in taking an interdisciplinary, service-oriented approach to bioethics. At Florida State University, she received degrees in Philosophy and Religion and wrote Honors theses for both majors. As a doctoral student in Georgetown's Philosophy Department, Laura has been focusing her research on disability advocacy, psychiatric ethics, and global and social justice. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Laura was a KIE Fellow, and she contributed to an archive project for the Bioethics Research Library. She assists campaigns for the Second Wave Initiative to promote the responsible inclusion of pregnant women in clinical research, and she serves on the Georgetown Biomedical Institutional Review Board. One of her favorite activities is serving as one of the coaches for Georgetown's Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl teams. During the Spring 2012 semester, Laura was given the opportunity to intern with the Presidential Commission for the Study of the Bioethical Issues. She is pictured with Opal, the love of her life. Contact Laura »
Marcus had spent a good deal of his life on the road less traveled - and he likes to frequently change roads - sometimes for no apparent reason. After Graduating from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) with a degree in Physics, Marcus went to work for NASA. After realizing that the computer simulations required for researching the effects of reentry were not as interesting as the events in the actual world of things, he accepted a commission in the US Air Force. As an Air Force Captain, Marcus served as a program manager in charge of the development of a new command and control system for US Intelligence Satellites. He would talk about it, but alas he cannot. Marcus - up to this point a very practical young man - somehow got interested in the Stoics, Aristotle, and the life most worth living. He got his M.A. in Philosophy and then became an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the US Air Force Academy. Marcus now spends his time at Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!) as a Ph.D. candidate studying Ethics and Public Policy, with significant interests in bioethics, especially ethics and the environment. Contact Marcus »
A doctoral candidate in the philosophy department at Georgetown, Kelly has broad interests in ethics. Her first exposure to bioethics came in a tutorial on autonomy and bioethics at Harvard, where she studied philosophy as an undergraduate. These days, she's more likely to be be studying issues in research ethics, environmental philosophy, or ethics and biotechnology. In addition to teaching ethics and environmental ethics, Kelly has run the Bioethics Speakers Series at Georgetown and worked as a teaching assistant for the introductory ethics course at the Georgetown School of Medicine, as well as serving on the oncology and biomedical IRBs at the Georgetown Medical Center. She has also served as a co-investigator on a project funded by an NIH Challenge Grant about the research-treatment distinction in clinical research ethics and as project manager for the Second Wave Initiative for the ethical inclusion of pregnant women in medical research. She also served as Managing Editor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, where she took editorial workflow and comma splices very seriously. Contact Kelly »