Elizabeth Edenberg, PhD

Senior Ethicist, Ethics Lab,
Assistant Research Professor

Elizabeth Edenberg is Senior Ethicist and Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Ethics Lab. She is responsible for developing new translational ethics methods to empower students and experts to address the urgent issues of our time. She leads Ethics Lab’s work integrating ethics into courses across the University, from computer science to international policy and foreign service. She also leads Ethics Lab’s translational ethics work, collaborating with a wide variety of partners--from public impact projects to research and policy teams--seeking to make practical progress on complex ethical issues.

Dr. Edenberg specializes in political philosophy and the ethics of emerging technology. Her research in political philosophy investigates ways to develop mutual respect and understanding across the deep moral and political disagreements that characterize contemporary society. Her research on broader ethical and political challenges posed by emerging technologies aims to bring philosophical insights to practitioners outside of philosophy. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, New Media & Society, and she is currently co-editing a new volume on Politics and Truth: New Perspectives in Political Epistemology. Drawing on this research, Dr. Edenberg has lead Ethics Lab’s translational ethics work with The Smithsonian Institutes, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Fair Artificial Intelligence Project, and Harvard’s Privacy Tools Project.

She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt 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