Lance Wahlert
  • Titles:
  • Associate Director, Master of Bioethics (MBE) Program
  • Director of MBE Mentoring & Advising
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Core Faculty, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies
  • Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD, English
  • Imperial College, University of London, MSc, History of Science, Medicine, & Technology
  • Johns Hopkins University, MA, Humanities
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA, English and History of Medicine

Lance Wahlert, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) Program & Director of Mentoring and Advising for students enrolled in the MBE program. Dr. Wahlert is also Core Research and Teaching Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences. Twice the recipient of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Wahlert teaches classes on Bioethics and Sexuality, Medicine and Literature, the History of Medicine, Medicine in Film, and Disability Bioethics.

Dr. Wahlert was the Founding Director of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, which demarcated a sub-field within bioethics that focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and medical ethics. Dr. Wahlert’s scholarly interests include queer bioethics, the historiographical legacy of the healthcare concerns of LGBTQ persons, the impact of cinematic genres on cultural histories, and the relationship between literary narratives and clinical forms of storytelling. He has held residential fellowships at the University of Oslo, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, King's College London, and the British Film Institute. Having been funded by the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the Pew Foundation, his work has been featured in publications including Bioethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, The Journal of Medical Humanities, and The Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics.

Dr. Wahlert is also Faculty Fellow at Gregory College House in Penn’s residential college system; and serves on the faculty advisory board of Penn's LGBT Center.

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