• Anne Barnhill

Anne Barnhill, PhD


Anne Barnhill, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and in the Department of Philosophy (where she has a secondary appointment).  She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Barnhill is a philosopher and bioethicist.  She works on food ethics, food policy, and public health ethics.  Her current research focuses on the ethics of non-rational persuasion and manipulation in public health. 

Along with the philosophers Mark Budolfson and Tyler Doggett, she wrote Food, Ethics and Society: An Introductory Text with Readings (Oxford University Press) and co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics

 Dr. Barnhill studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as an undergraduate at Princeton University.  She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University in 2009.  Before coming to Penn in 2012, Anne was a Faculty Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.

Selected Publications

Anne Barnhill, Steven Joffe, and Franklin G. Miller:

2016. “The Ethics of Infection Challenges in Primates,” Hastings Center Report 46(4): 20-26.

Jessica Martucci and Anne Barnhill:

“Unintended Consequences of Invoking the ‘Natural’ in Breastfeeding Promotion,” Pediatrics 137(4): e20154154 

Anne Barnhill:

2016. “I’d Like to Teach the World to Think: Manipulation and Commercial Advertising,” Journal of Marketing Behavior 1 (3-4): 307-328.

Harald Schmidt and Anne Barnhill:

“Equity and non-communicable disease reduction under the Sustainable Development Goals,” PLOS Medicine 12(9): e1001872

Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett:

2016. Food, Ethics, and Society: An Introductory Text with Readings. Oxford University Press.

Anne Barnhill and Franklin G. Miller:

“Placebo and Deception: A Commentary,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (forthcoming)

Anne Barnhill:

2014. “What is Manipulation?” in Manipulation, eds. Michael Weber and Christian Coons, Oxford University Press.

Anne Barnhill, Katherine F. King, Nancy Kass, Ruth Faden: 

2014. “The Value of Unhealthy Eating and the Ethics of Healthy Eating Policy,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24, no.3 187-217 

Jennifer K. Walter and Anne Barnhill:

2013. "Good and Bad Ideas in Obesity Prevention." Hastings Center Report 43(3): 6-7.

Anne Barnhill and Katherine F. King:

2013. "Equity Critiques in Food Policy: The Case of Sweetened Beverages." The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (Spring 2013).

Anne Barnhill:

2012. "Clinical Use of Placebos: Still the Physician's Prerogative?" Hastings Center Report 42(3).

Anne Barnhill:

2011. "Impact and Ethics of Excluding Sweetened Beverages from the SNAP program." American Journal of Public Health 101(11).

Anne Barnhill:

2011. "What It Takes to Defend Deceptive Placebo Use." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 21(3).


New York University, PhD, Philosophy

Princeton University, AB, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology