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Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD

  • David & Lyn Silfen University Professor, Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and of History & Sociology of Science, Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor, Professor of Philosophy (by courtesy)
  • Email: morenojd@mail.med.upenn.edu


Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is one of sixteen Penn Integrates Knowledge professors. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. His latest book is Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network (2014), which Amazon called a “#1 hot new release.”  Among his previous books are The Body Politic, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, Mind Wars (2012), and Undue Risk (2000).  He has published hundreds of papers, articles, reviews and op-eds.

Moreno frequently contributes to such publications as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Nature and often appears on broadcast and online media. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.  His work has been cited by Al Gore and was used in the development of the screenplay for “The Bourne Legacy.”  His online neuroethics course drew more than 36,000 registrants in fall 2013.  The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the most interesting bioethicist of our time.”

Moreno is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and is the U.S. member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee.  A Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., Moreno has served as an adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including three presidential commissions, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He holds the Visiting Professorship in History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

Moreno received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School and the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University.


Selected Publications

Moreno J.D.:

2014. Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network. Bellevue Literary Press.

Moreno J.D.:

2012. Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century. New York: Bellevue Literary Press (revised and updated from Mind Wars, 2006).

Moreno J.D. and Berger S. (eds.):

2012. Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics. Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press, (paperback).

Moreno J.D.:

2011. The Body Politic: The Battle over Science in America. New York: Bellevue Literary Press.

Moreno J.D. and Berger S. (eds.):

2012. Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics. Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press.

Moreno J.D. and Weiss R. (eds.):

2009. Science Next: Big Ideas for the American Future. New York: Bellevue Literary Press.

Moreno J.D.:

2006. Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense. Washington, D.C.: Dana Press; Tokyo, Japan: ASCII Corporation.

Reitsma A.R. and Moreno J.D. (eds.):

2006. Ethical Guidelines for Innovative Surgery. Frederick, Md.: University Publishing Group.

Moreno J.D.:

2005. Is There an Ethicist in the House? On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

Moreno J.D. (ed.):

2003. In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis. Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press, 2003; paperback edition.

Moreno J.D.:

2001. Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans. New York: W.H.Freeman Publishers, 1999; paperback edition, New York: Routledge Publishers.

Moreno J.D.:

1995. Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus. New York: Oxford University Press.


Washington University, PhD, Philosophy

Hofstra University, BA, Philosophy & Psychology