Elizabeth Edenberg, PhD

Senior Ethicist, Ethics Lab

Elizabeth Edenberg, PhD, is Senior Ethicist for Ethics Lab at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.She leads the KIE’s efforts to introduce high-impact ethics education across Georgetown, working with designers to develop creative tools to help students discern fundamental moral values at stake in contemporary issues from across a variety of disciplines. Her work with Ethics Lab also seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and its application in the world.She is currently part of several new university-wide initiatives tackling emerging ethical issues affecting the contemporary world. Elizabeth specializes in Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Feminist Philosophy. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, and she is co-editor of Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press). Prior to joining to Georgetown, Elizabeth taught Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and Fordham University.

Did you know?

It's no wonder Elizabeth gets along with all those designers at the Lab… while a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Fordham University, she co-designed some of the materials intended to recruit new students to the philosophy program.

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Edited Book

  • Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice (2013), co-edited with Larry May, co-authored introduction, Cambridge University Press


  • "Growing Up Sexist: Challenges to Rawlsian Stability" forthcoming in Law and Philosophy (doi: 10.1007/s10982-017-9325-1)
  • “Cultivating Reasonableness in Future Citizens,” On Education. Journal for Research and Debate Vol. 1, No.1 (doi: 10/17899/on_ed.2018.1.8)
  • “AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent,” co-authored with Meg Leta Jones and Ellen Kaufman, IEEE: Security & Privacy, forthcoming
  • Entry on “Essays regarding the Philanthropinum,” Cambridge Kant Lexicon, edited by Julian Wuerth (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)
  • “Feminist Social and Political Philosophy,” co-authored with Emily McGill-Rutherford, in Philosophy: Feminism, edited by Carol Hay (MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, 2017)
  • “Civic Education: Political or Comprehensive?” in Justice, Education, and the Politics of Childhood: Challenges and Perspectives, edited by J. Drerup, et al. (Springer, 2016)
  • “Unequal Consenters and Political Illegitimacy,” co-authored with Marilyn Friedman, Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2013): 347-360
  • “Patient Understanding of Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to Screening Colonoscopy,” co-authored with P. Schwartz, P. Barrett, S. Perkins, E. Meslin, T. Imperiale, Family Medicine, Vol. 45, No. 2 (2013): 83-89