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David D. DeGrazia Faculty Member

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David DeGrazia has been teaching and conducting research for the Department of Philosophy, George Washington University since mid-summer 1989. He worked at GWU full-time until July 2013, when he joined the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health as Senior Research Fellow on a 60%-time basis--an appointment that ran through June 2021. At GWU, where he again works full-time, DeGrazia has taught more than 15 courses and has nearly always received strong reviews from his students. As for research, he is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of nine published books, including his monographs Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Human Identity and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life (Oxford University Press, 2012). His most recently published books are Principles of Animal Research Ethics, with Tom Beauchamp (Oxford University Press, 2020) and A Theory of Bioethics, with Joseph Millum (Cambridge University Press, 2021). In addition to books, DeGrazia has published over 125 journal articles, book chapters, review essays, and shorter writings—most of them solo-authored. His research has been supported by major grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Institutes of Health (before he became an employee), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice). In 2012, he worked part-time as Senior Advisor to the staff of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He has also served, at GWU, as Chair of the Philosophy Department and Interim Director of the M.A. program in Philosophy and Social Policy. Outside of GW, he has served as Co-Chair of the 2000 Program Committee for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and Chair of the Committee on Philosophy and Medicine for the American Philosophical Association. DeGrazia is currently a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Ethics and Public Affairs Quarterly. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center and was the recipient of the OVPR Distinguished Scholar Award. He is increasingly invited to give lectures to scientific audiences, including two talks in recent years for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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