Meet our current Visiting Researchers

Each year, a wide range of scholars from around the world apply to participate in the KIE’s Visiting Researchers Program. The program assists scholars in conducting research by offering them a residence at Georgetown for some part of the academic year, with access to the full range of scholarly resources the campus offers.

Visiting scholars are typically students or faculty from other programs of advanced study who use their time at the KIE to pursue individual research projects, whether DPhil or PhD dissertations, MA theses, book manuscripts, scholarly articles, or some other project of special interest.

Meet this year’s class of visiting researchers and learn a bit about what they’ll be doing while they’re here:

Shin Fujieda joins us from Kyoto, Japan, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of and Faculty of Letters at Otani University, Kyoto. During his stay, he will be attempting to describe how various religious terms and concepts are employed in the public discourse concerning biomedical issues.

Maria Gonzales Fernandez joins us from Lima, Perú, where she works at the NGO Center for Conservation, Research and Management of Natural Areas at Cordillera Azul National Park. During her stay, she will study two major ethical dilemmas: Preimplentatory Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and the problems derived from this procedure: the savior sibling and sex selection.

Diane O’Leary joins us from Columbia, MD, where she works at the University of Maryland as an Associate Adjunct Professor teaching upper level courses in philosophy and general humanities. During her stay, she will study psychogenic diagnosis in bioethics.

Marta Dias Barcelos joins us from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal, where she is a PhD student, developing a dissertation in Moral and Political Philosophy, specifically principlism. During her stay, she aims to develop one of the sections of her thesis.

Claire Junga Kim joins us from Seoul, Korea, where she is a Professor for Special Appointment in the Department of Medical Education at Ewha Womans University. During her stay at the BRL, she aims to conduct research on medical decision making for incompetent family members — namely the issue of surrogate decision making within the family unit.

Alex Voorhoeve joins us from London, UK, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his stay, he will work to complete the first draft of a book manuscript on the theory and practice of distributive ethics.

Nancy Phillips Nancy J. Phillips joins us from Larchmont, NY. She recently graduated with a master’s degree in social work from the Fordham University School of Social Service. She did her advanced field work at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Calvary is an acute-care speciality hospital focused on palliative care. Nancy’s research focuses on developing an ethical framework for social work in palliative and end of life care.

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