Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD
  • Titles:
  • 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)
  • Education:
  • Washington University, PhD, Philosophy
  • Hofstra University, BA, Philosophy & Psychology

Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. Moreno is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow the Hastings Center, and a member of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Moreno has served as a staff member or adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including three U.S. presidential commissions, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. In 2008-09 he served on President Barack Obama’s transition team. Moreno is currently a member of the Bayer Bioethics Council and was named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. He is an investigator on a $1.1 million Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative project on artificial intelligence-enabled neurotechnologies and warfighters. He is also senior consultant to a six-year, 10 million-euro European Research Council project on cold war healthcare systems on both sides of the iron curtain.

Moreno received his 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 College of William and Mary Law School Benjamin Rush Medal, the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University, and the Penn Alumni Faculty Award of Merit. He has held the honorary Visiting Professorship in History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
In 2018 the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2025 MIT Press will publish his new book, “Absolutely Essential”: Bioethics and the Rules-Based International Order. Among Moreno’s previous books are Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die, co-authored with former Penn president Amy Gutmann, now U.S. Ambassador to Germany; The Body Politic, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews; Undue Risk, nominated for the Virginia Literary Award; and Mind Wars, which formed part of the basis of the film The Bourne Legacy. Moreno has published more than a thousand papers, articles, reviews and op-eds and has been translated into several languages.

Moreno’s writing has appeared in many venues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, Nature, Slate, Politico, The Hill and Foreign Affairs. He was co-host of Making the Call, an Endeavor Content podcast, and was a columnist for As a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC he edited the online magazine Science Progress. The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the quietly most interesting bioethicist of our time.”

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