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.
2016. “The Ethics of Infection Challenges in Primates,” Hastings Center Report 46(4): 20-26.
“Unintended Consequences of Invoking the ‘Natural’ in Breastfeeding Promotion,” Pediatrics 137(4): e20154154
2016. “I’d Like to Teach the World to Think: Manipulation and Commercial Advertising,” Journal of Marketing Behavior 1 (3-4): 307-328.
“Equity and non-communicable disease reduction under the Sustainable Development Goals,” PLOS Medicine 12(9): e1001872
2016. Food, Ethics, and Society: An Introductory Text with Readings. Oxford University Press.
“Placebo and Deception: A Commentary,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (forthcoming)
2014. “What is Manipulation?” in Manipulation, eds. Michael Weber and Christian Coons, Oxford University Press.
2014. “The Value of Unhealthy Eating and the Ethics of Healthy Eating Policy,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24, no.3 187-217
2013. "Good and Bad Ideas in Obesity Prevention." Hastings Center Report 43(3): 6-7.
2013. "Equity Critiques in Food Policy: The Case of Sweetened Beverages." The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (Spring 2013).
2012. "Clinical Use of Placebos: Still the Physician's Prerogative?" Hastings Center Report 42(3).
2011. "Impact and Ethics of Excluding Sweetened Beverages from the SNAP program." American Journal of Public Health 101(11).
2011. "What It Takes to Defend Deceptive Placebo Use." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 21(3).
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