Associates of Science & Society have been recognized for their ongoing contribution to our mission and goals. Their participation in our education and outreach programs demonstrates their dedication to maximizing the social benefit from scientific progress by making science more accessible, just, and better integrated into society.


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Bill Adair

Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy; Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism & Public Policy and the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. One of 25 Knight Chairs at universities around the country, Adair’s research and teaching focuses on fact-checking and new forms of journalism. The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, he has been recognized as a leader in new media and accountability journalism.
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David J. Adams, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Affiliations: Division of Medical Oncology (DOM)

David Adams’ research in anticancer drug discovery and development led to an interest in policy issues in health and human services, including adequate funding of national research efforts, more efficient and equitable peer review, public and private research partnerships to address declining rates of new drug approvals, and policies to protect human subjects in medical research. Click here or here for more info.

Edna Andrews, PhD

Nancy & Jeffrey Marcus Professor; Chair, Linguistics Program

Affiliations: Linguistics & Cultural Anthropology, DIBS

Edna Andrews researches and teaches in the fields of cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics. Her theoretical research focuses on cognitive neurolinguistics and cross-cultural cognitive linguistics. Recent publications include Neuroscience and Multilingualism, a longitudinal fMRI study of multilingualism, perception studies of spoken and sung phonemes, and cognitive linguistic analysis of cross-cultural categories of emotion. Click for more info.

Greg Appelbaum, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (SOM), DIBS

Greg Appelbaum has two research programs that address science and society. He studies how individuals differ in their abilities to see and react to the world around them with the goal of establishing genetic, neural, and behavioral markers of visual cognition. He also uses semantic network analysis approaches to map the current and future state of knowledge within scientific fields. Click here or here for more info.

Jeffrey P. Baker, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Jeffrey Baker is a professor of Pediatrics and History, he has practiced for over 25 years as a general pediatrician in Duke Children’s Primary Care with a focus on children with autism and special needs. His historical work has also centered on child health. As the author of the book, The Machine in the Nursery, he is a leading authority on the history of neonatal medicine. Most recently, he has been engaged in a project reconstructing the work of the “discoverer” of autism, Dr. Leo Kanner, through examining original case records from Johns Hopkins University. Click for more info

Raymond Barfield, MD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics (SOM), Duke Divinity School

Ray Barfield bridges theology and medicine, with research interests in improving therapeutics for neuroblastoma, improving the quality of life of children with complex, chronic or fatal illnesses, and studying areas where medical and theological interests intersect. He is a practicing pediatric oncologist, and, in the Divinity School, directs a new initiative on Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Click for more info.

John Bartlett, MD

Professor; Co-Director, Center for AIDS Research

Affiliations: Duke Global Health Institute

John Bartlett’s research focuses on the treatment and complications of HIV infection. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Duke University Health Inequalities Program, and co-chairs the Duke University Africa Initiative. A major focus of his ongoing work is capacity building at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. Click for more info.

William Bauer, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor

Affiliation: NC State University Philosophy & Religious Studies

William Bauer explores metaphysics (theory of reality) and the philosophy of science, especially the nature of dispositional properties and powers. He also has strong interests in bioethics and philosophy of mind and works to apply metaphysics to analyzing problems in bioethics. Click here for more info.

Lori Bennear, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Lori Bennear’s research focuses on evaluating environmental polices and improving methods and techniques for conducting these evaluations. Her specific niche is in bringing rigorous quantitative methods to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies, evaluating strategic behavioral responses to non-traditional regulatory regimes, assessing the distributional impacts of these new regulatory regimes, and evaluating the role of program evaluation in environmental policy. Click for more info.

Robert Brandon, PhD


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Department of Biology, John Hope Franklin Center

Robert Brandon’s research focuses on the philosophy of science, particularly the philosophy of biology. He has written and edited numerous works on various concepts in evolutionary theory. Notably, he (with Daniel McShea) argues for a “zero-force evolutionary law” in which diversity and complexity of an evolutionary system tend to increase in the absence of constraint. Click for more info.

Allen Buchanan, PhD

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy; Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine

Allen Buchanan’s most recent books focus on biomedical technologies to enhance normal human capacities: Better Than Human (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Beyond Humanity? (Oxford University Press, 2011). His course Science, Ethics, and Democracy focuses on ethical issues concerning the role of science in a democratic society. Recent research includes an investigation into the misuses of evolutionary theory in support of conservative political thinking. Click for more info.

Roberto Cabeza, PhD


Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology & Neuroscience, DIBS

Roberto Cabeza uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms of memory and emotion and how they change across the lifespan. Specifically, he focuses on contributions of parts of the brain on memory encoding and retrieval, the effects of emotion on the memory process, and the neural mechanisms of age-related changes in cognition. Click for more info.

Shubha Chandrasekharan, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

Shubha Chandrasekharan studies the effects of intellectual property (IP) on innovation and access to biomedical technologies, the influence of proprietary and open science norms on access to biomedical products and services in developing and resource-poor countries, and the impact of IP and technology transfer on the availability of affordable life saving vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Chandrasekharan is currently completing a AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellowship in the USAID at the Center for Global Solutions in the Global Development Lab. Click for more info.

Evan Charney, PhD

Associate Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Sanford School of Public Policy, DIBS

Evan Charney’s research concerns genetic, biological, neurobiological, and evolutionary explanations of human psychology and behavior, ranging from personality to political orientation, and encompassing such fields as behavior genetics, neuroeconomics, and “genopolitics.” He explores how studies that argue for high heritability of behaviors such as antisocial behavior are methodologically flawed such that reliance on their findings for policy development are highly problematic. Click for more info.

Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty Director of Sustainability

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Charlotte Clark is interested in the relationship between environmental education and collective action in the management of environmental issues both in geographic communities and campus and faculty communities as seen in campus sustainability efforts. She has recently developed an interest in the agricultural system, with emphasis on places where voluntary, collective action may be useful in addressing climate change. Click for more info.

Doriane Labelet Coleman, JD


Affiliations: Duke Law School

Doriane Coleman specializes in scholarship regarding the relationship between parents and the state as it concerns child welfare, and in related questions of medicine, science, and the law. Her recent projects include sibling organ donation, pediatric research, distinctions between corporal punishment and abuse, regulating off-label uses of pharmaceuticals, and the implications of defining biological sex in law and policy. Click for more info.

James E. Coleman, Jr., JD


Affiliations: Duke Law School

James Coleman’s studies concern the use of biological information in criminal prosecution and the justice system. Prior to joining the Duke Law School faculty, he practiced at a private firm, where he specialized in federal court and administrative litigation and served in various government positions. He currently teaches criminal law, legal ethics, negotiation and mediation, capital punishment, and wrongful convictions. Click for more info.

Harris Cooper, PhD

Professor, Chair of Psychology & Neuroscience

Affiliations: Psychology & Neuroscience, DIBS

Harris Cooper has published two books on research syntheses and meta-analysis and over two dozen research syntheses. He also researches the application of social and developmental psychology on educational policy issues. He focuses on how after-school activities influence children’s and adolescents’ academic achievement and also on the impact of school calendars and calendar variations on students and their families. Click for more info.

John Curry, PhD


Affiliations: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (SOM), DIBS, Psychology & Neuroscience

John Curry studies treatments for adolescent depression and substance use disorders, specifically psychosocial interventions and combined psychosocial and medication treatments. He is interested in neuroscience aspects of the psychopathology of these conditions and in effects of treatments on brain and behavior. Click for more info.

Lawrence David, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, GCB, Department of Medicine (SOM)

Lawrence David seeks to understand, predict, and manipulate how bacterial communities in humans behave over time. Specifically, he explores how human gut bacteria resist and respond to perturbation. He researches longitudinal studies of cholera infections among the residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Using families at high risk of cholera transmission, he studies commensal microbial factors affecting individual susceptibility to infection. Click for more info.

Ellen Davis, PhD

Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor

Affiliations: Divinity School

Ellen Davis explores how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, such as the environmental crisis. Her book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production, and she has worked in Africa on sustainable agriculture. Click for more info.

Felipe De Brigard, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, DIBS

Felipe De Brigard uses behavioral and fMRI techniques to explore scientific and philosophical issues on memory, imagination, attention, and consciousness. His recent work centers on counterfactual and hypothetical thinking, how it depends on different memory processes, and how it affects our judgments of responsibility. He has also explored the potential impact of neuroscientific evidence in attributions of blame and responsibility. Click here or here for more info.

Kenneth Dodge, PhD

Director, Center for Child and Family Policy; Professor

Affiliations: Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Psychology & Neuroscience

Kenneth Dodge leads an effort to bridge basic scientific research in children’s development with public policy affecting children and families. His research addresses the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents. The Center for Child and Family Policy provides an integrated system of research, debate, dissemination, public service, and teaching. Click for more info.

P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD


Affiliations: Duke Medicine, DIBS, Center for Aging and Human Development, Center for Personalized and Precision Medicine

Murali Doraiswamy is a noted authority in the area of social neuroscience, and mental wellness. He has served as an advisor to leading governmental agencies, nonprofits, and businesses, and he currently serves on the behavior change global agenda council for the World Economic Forum. Click for more info.

Earl Dowell, PhD


Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

The creation of vibrations in mechanical systems offers the opportunity to harvest electrical energy from such vibrations. Conversely the suppression of unwanted mechanical vibrations reduces noise and the risk of possible injury due to excessive vibrations. Earl Dowell’s research is directed toward a deeper understanding of how such vibrations are created and how they be more effectively enhanced or suppressed as may be desirable. Click for more info.

Christine Drea, PhD


Affiliations: Evolutionary Anthropology, Biology, DIBS, University Program in Ecology

Christine Drea investigates how socially complex mammals develop across their lifetime to become functioning, adult members of society. Of particular interest are how males and females differentiate to meet their respective roles, how they negotiate social interactions with other group members, and how they solve everyday problems in the context of group living. Click for more info.

Susan Eastman, MDiv, PhD

Associate Professor; Director, Doctor of Theology Program

Affiliations: Duke Divinity School

Susan Eastman teaches and writes on the New Testament, with an emphasis on the letters of Paul. Her research is on Paul’s idea of participation – divine participation in human existence, and human identity constructed in mutually participatory relationships. Her interdisciplinary work brings this Pauline language into conversation with second-person perspectives in experimental psychology and philosophy on the nature of persons. Click for more info.

Tobias Egner, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology & Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences, DIBS

Tobias Egner explores how the human brain supports “cognitive control”, the ability to use internal goals and contextual knowledge to guide thoughts and actions. This capacity involves the interplay between memory and attention to bias sensory and motor processing. He investigates the neural mechanisms underlying these processes by using non-invasive brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques in healthy human volunteers. Click for more info.

Richard Fair, PhD

Lord-Chandran Professor

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

Richard Fair studies systems for biomedical applications of built in digital microfluidic technology, which was invented at Duke. This technology affects sample preparation for DNA sequencing, so far more DNA data can be derived from small volumes (<1uL) of samples in faster times. This work permits greater affordability of sequencing. Click for more info.

Owen Flanagan, PhD

James B. Duke Professor

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy

Owen Flanagan’s research rests primarily in the philosophy of mind. Drawing from modern neuroscience and scientific evidence, he has written extensively on the philosophical problems regarding consciousness, dreams, and free will. In addition, he is interested in comparative philosophy, particularly Chinese, Korean, Buddhist, and Hindu conceptions of the self and well-being. Click for more info.

Deborah Gallagher, PhD

Associate Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Deborah Gallagher’s research examines public policies to promote environmentally sustainable business practices and public/private partnerships for environmental policy implementation. She is currently exploring the link between environmental amenities and disamenities and community well-being in under resourced communities. Her work has also focused on environmental justice policy, the design and deployment of environmental management systems, environmental leadership, and environmental governance mechanisms. Click for more info.

Charles Gersbach, PhD

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering; Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering, GCB

Charles Gersbach researches the insertion of newly engineered genes into model organisms. While this work holds great promise for the benefit of humanity, he also considers the ethical consequences of these experiments. Furthermore, he leads an extracurricular undergraduate club that develops novel experiments pertaining to a broad range of themes, including synthetic and genetic engineering. Click for more info.

Jeffrey Glass, PhD

Professor, Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management & Entrepreneurship

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

Jeffery Glass focuses on the broad impact of engineering research. He brings K-12 students into Duke labs, where they are taught basic engineering and scientific research concepts, creating an early foundation for a scientific education. Further outreach programs targeted towards both students and their parents are run in museums, labs, and other community locations. Click for more info.

Warren Grill, PhD

Addy Family Professor

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

Warren Grill uses engineering techniques to understand and control neural function. He focuses on neural prostheses, which use electrical activation of the nervous system to restore function to individuals with neurological impairment. Through this work, he hopes to develop advanced neural prostheses that interface with the central nervous system to restore function to individuals with neurological impairment. Click for more info.

Susanne Haga, PhD

Associate Research Professor

Susanne Haga’s research interests include translation of genomic applications to clinical practice; communication of genetic/genomic information; societal implications of genomic medicine; and health provider, patient, and public education and understanding of genetics and genomics. Click for more info.

Amy Laura Hall, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Divinity

Amy Laura Hall teaches humanities courses in bioethics, science, and American culture, and she directs graduate level work in bioethics. She researches bioethics and culture, theology, and science. She served on the Bioethics Task Force of the United Methodist Church and has spoken to academic and ecclesial groups on a range of topics, including social-Darwinism, bioethics, and human dignity. Click for more info.

Brian Hare, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Evolutionary Anthropology, DIBS

The Hare Group seeks to connect science with society in several ways. They apply canine cognition research to both military and service dogs, and they are interested in the way research can assist conservation and global health. They also strive for effective science communication by engaging the media and producing assets that can be consumed by the media. Click here and here for more info.

Ahmad Hariri, PhD


Affiliations: DIBS

Ahmad Hariri’s research seeks to systematically integrate neuroscience, genetics, and psychology to identify the biology of individual differences in complex behavioral traits. A translational aim of this interdisciplinary research is to develop biomarkers that predict risk for psychopathology and inform strategies for intervention and prevention. Click here for more info.

Jennie Hawkins, PhD

Associate Research Professor

Affiliations: Trent Center, Philosophy

Jennie Hawkins is interested in research ethics, the nature of coercion, informed consent, and individual decision-making. She also writes about the concepts of well-being and quality of life. She co-edited Exploitation and Developing Countries: The Ethics of Clinical Research (Princeton UP, 2008) and is currently writing a book about well-being. Click for more info.

Katherine Heller, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Statistical Science

Katherine Heller’s research interests lie in the fields of machine learning and Bayesian statistics. Specifically, she develops new methods and models to discover structure in data. She applies these methods to problems in the brain and cognitive sciences, where she strives to model human behavior, including human categorization and human social interactions. Click for more info.

Adam Hollowell, PhD

Director of Student Ministry at Duke Chapel, Adjunct Professor

Affiliations: Religion, Public Policy

Adam Hollowell’s teaching and research explores ethics, religion, and public policy. He teaches Ethics in an Unjust World (PubPol 290), which includes site visits to local service organizations and visits from recent Duke alumni pursing lives of service. His courses aim to help students explore new possibilities for service, cross-cultural engagement, and public ethics.

Scott Huettel, PhD

Professor, Director of D-CIDES

Affiliations: Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Neurobiology, DIBS, D-CIDES

Scott Huettel uses a combination of behavioral, genetic, physiological, and neuroscience techniques to discover the neural mechanisms that underlie higher cognition and executive control, with a focus on economic and social decision making. He is co-director of the Bass Connections “Brain and Society” theme, which supports interdisciplinary research teams and other research programs. Click for more info.

Andrew Janiak, PhD

Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Andrew Janiak directs the graduate program in history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine. Janiak regularly teaches Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science (LIT 521S/HIST 577S/PHIL 541S/WOMST 541S), which is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. He is Associate Editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Click for more info.

Aaron Kay, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Fuqua School of Business, Psychology & Neuroscience

Aaron Kay researches the relation between motivation, implicit social cognition, and social issues. He focuses on how basic motivations and needs manifest as specific social and societal beliefs. These include: the causes and consequences of stereotyping and system justification, religious belief, political ideology, and the attitudes people hold towards their organizations and institutions. Click for more info.

Dan Kiehart, PhD

Professor, Dean of Natural Sciences

Affiliations: Department of Biology, Department of Cell Biology

Dan Kiehart studies the nature of cytoskeletal function in cell shape determination for cell division and morphogenesis throughout development and organismal homeostasis. His work provides insight into the basic biology of processes that fail or are otherwise corrupted in human pathogenesis (for example in birth defects such as spina bifida or diseases such as cancer). Click for more info.

Warren Kinghorn, MD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DUMC), Duke Divinity School

Warren Kinghorn is a psychiatrist and theologian jointly appointed within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Duke Divinity School. His work focuses on the care of persons with mental illness within religious communities, the philosophy of psychiatric diagnosis, moral dimensions of combat trauma, and theological approaches to mental health and human flourishing. Click for more info.

Regis Kopper, PhD

Assistant Research Professor; Director of the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)

Affiliations: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke immersive Virtual Environment

Regis Kopper has experience in the design and evaluation of virtual reality systems in the areas of interaction design and modeling, virtual human interaction and in the evaluation of the benefits of immersive systems. He investigates how immersive virtual reality technology and experiences can benefit different domain areas, such as archeology, health care, engineering, psychology and neuroscience. Click for more info.

Randall Kramer, PhD

Professor; Deputy Director, Duke Global Health Institute

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Global Health Institute

Randall Kramer’s work lies in the role of economics in environmental policy and management, focusing on improving the understanding of how individual behavior is shaped by policies intended to protect the environment and human health. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary team using decision analysis and implementation science to evaluate the health, social, and environmental impacts of alternative malaria control strategies in East Africa. Click for more info.

Kimberly Krawiec, JD


Kim Krawiec’s research interests include the governance of markets such as those involving human biology. Her recent scholarship includes “Custom, Contract, and Kidney Exchange,” (Duke Law J. 2012;62(3):645-70; with Kieran Healy), “Reverse Transplant Tourism,” (Law & Contemp. Probs 2014;77(3); with Michael A Rees), and “A Kidney Transplantation Primer: The Anatomy of a Shortage,” (Law & Contemp. Probs. 2014;77(3); with Phillip J. Cook).  Click for more info.

Edward D. Levin, PhD


Affiliations: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (SOM), DIBS

Edward Levin researches neurobehavioral bases of cognition and emotion with applied foci concerning addiction, behavioral toxicology and therapeutic treatments. He studies environmental toxicants such as pesticides and metals, abused drugs such as nicotine and alcohol, and therapeutics such as antipsychotic and ADHD medications. His research with rats, mice and zebrafish bridges the gap between basic neurobiological research and clinical application. Click for more info.

Laura Lieber, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Department of Religion, Jewish Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Laura Lieber’s work in the area of Science and Society focuses on ethics in the Jewish context, from the text of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to the contemporary world. She particularly stresses the connectivity between premodern sources and contemporary issues, e.g., the relationship between “magic” and medicine and the practical significance of traditional Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) and modern issues of environmentalism and bioengineered food. Click for more info.

Lynn Maguire, PhD

Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Lynn Maguire works at the intersection of natural and social environmental science to examine how environmental management decisions are made and how they should be made. Examples include: examining how common decision-making biases may compromise fire management decisions on public lands and demonstrating how using structured decision making methods can lead to decisions that better reflect the values of stakeholders. Click for more info.

Robert Malkin, PhD

Professor of the Practice, Director of Engineering World Health

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

Robert Malkin studies medical instrumentation in the developing world. He founded Engineering World Health and Global Public Service Academies, unique study abroad programs for undergraduates and high school students who study and work in developing world healthcare settings. He also invented the Pratt Pouch, a small pouch that reduces mother-to-child transmission of HIV among resource-poor populations. Click for more info.

Seymour Harold Mauskopf, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Affiliations: History
Seymour Mauskopf taught history of science at Duke for over fifty years, believing it to be a “bridge” field between the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. During these years he was involved with many interdisciplinary programs including the Program in Science, Technology, and Human Values, of which he was founder and first director. He believes that perspectives of history of science have much to contribute to Science & Society.

Dan McShea, PhD


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Department of Biology, Center for Philosophy of Biology

Dan McShea’s research interests encompass psychobiology, macroevolution, and philosophy of biology. His primary research interest is hierarchy theory, especially the causal relationship between higher-level wholes and their components. In his current work, he is focusing on teleological or goal-directed systems and on developing an argument that all such apparently “purposeful” systems share a common hierarchical structure. Click for more info.

Rob Mitchell, PhD

Director, CISSCT, Professor

Affiliations: Department of English, Department of Women’s Studies

Robert Mitchell, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory (CISSCT), focuses on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century intersections between science and literature and contemporary relationships among biological materials, economics, and information technologies. Publications include Bioart and the Vitality of Media and Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism (with Catherine Waldby). Click for more info.

Stephen Mitroff, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology & Neuroscience, DIBS

Stephen Mitroff researches visual perception, attention, and memory. He focuses on questions that advance academic theory and applied issues by examining how some individuals outperform others, how we can identify top performers, and then how we can enhance abilities through training. He compares performance across populations (including elite athletes, TSA officers, and radiologists) to examine visual and attentional mechanisms. Click for more info.

Brian C. Murray, PhD

Research Professor of Environmental Economics; Director for Economic Analysis in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Director, Duke University Energy Initiative

Brian C. Murray is Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, Research Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. He is widely recognized for his work on the economics of energy and climate change policy, including the design of market based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gases and deploy low-carbon energy. Click for more info

Mark Olson, PhD

The Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Affiliation: Arts & Sciences

Mark Olson teaches courses on media (new & old – theory, practice, & history) and medicine & visual culture. He collaborates on the development of a new interdisciplinary project that connects the study of the material culture of art history, architecture and archaeology with new media modes of representation and visualization. Click for more info.

Dalia Patino-Echeverri, PhD

Gendell Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Dalia Patino-Echeverri’s research focuses on public policy design for reducing the environmental impacts of electricity generation. Her models explore the effects of different government policies by representing the industry’s decisions under uncertainty on future technological advancements, fuel prices, and emissions regulations. Click for more info.

Richard Payne, MD

Esther Colliflower Professor

Affiliations: Department of Medicine (SOM), Duke Divinity School

Richard Payne is an internationally known expert in pain relief, care for those near death, oncology, and neurology. He studies advanced illness, palliative medicine, and care at the end of life. His current research includes projects to re-imagine medicine using theological goals for human flourishing, and efforts to formulate evidence-based policies for the management of advanced illness and pain. Click for more info.

William Pizer, PhD

Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor

Affiliations: Nicholas Institute, Sanford School of Public Policy

William Pizer’s current research examines how public policies to promote clean energy can effectively leverage private sector investments, how environmental regulation and climate policy can affect production costs and competitiveness, and how the design of market-based environmental policies can be improved. For four years, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Click for more info.

Eve Puffer, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke Global Health Institute

Eve Puffer is a global mental health researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating integrated community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. She is an investigator on multiple studies of child mental health and parenting interventions in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Liberia. Click for more info.

Arti Rai, JD

Elvin R. Latty Professor

Affiliations: School of Law

Arti Rai is deeply engaged in activities related to Science & Society, including helping to found the new Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy, which focuses on policy mechanisms for promoting scientific and technology innovation. Additionally, through her research and public engagement in intellectual property law, she explores regulatory issues associated with drugs, biologics, and genomic research. Click for more info.

Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD

Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, Professor

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

Nimmi Ramanujam is the Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies (GWHT), which challenges Duke students to utilize science and technology to tackle global challenges in women’s health. The curriculum is structured through understanding both current medical technologies and the economic, social, and political characteristics of low resource region for which they will design their engineering solution. Click for more info.

Kenneth Reckhow, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Ken Reckhow’s research focuses on the application of water quality models to inform decision making under uncertainty. Recent work has addressed estuarine eutrophication modeling, development of decision analytic strategies for nutrient criteria, modeling the impact of bacterial contamination of shellfish beds, assessing the impact of urbanization on stream ecosystems, and modeling transport and fate of estrogens from CAFOs. Click for more info.

Jerome Reichman, JD

Bunyan S. Womble Professor

Affiliations: School of Law

Jerome Reichman addresses questions at the intersection of intellectual property and data access. Through his research, he analyzes unique intellectual property (IP) challenges in conventional scientific research, particularly concerning both researchers’ and individuals’ access to genetic resources and information. Additionally, he explores the impact of IP laws on global public health, access to medicines worldwide, and the governing of pharmaceutical innovation. Click for more info.

Amir H. Rezvani, PhD


Affiliations: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (SOM), Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, DIBS

Amir H. Rezvani researches anti-craving treatments for alcoholism, nicotine addiction and the effects of novel nicotinic compounds on cognition. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), a self-supported therapeutic community in Durham, and he gives seminars and workshops on biomedical/genetics and social aspects of addiction around the country. Click for more info.

Barak Richman, PhD

Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor

Affiliations: School of Law, Fuqua School of Business

Barak Richman studies the financing, regulatory, and legal regime governing the US healthcare system. His primary research focuses on health disparities, the health sector’s inefficiencies, and public policy interventions. His research encompasses diverse fields such as public policy, law, economics, philosophy, and health technologies, each essential to understanding the complexities and societal relations surrounding the healthcare sector. Click for more info.

David Ridley, PhD

Dr. and Mrs. Frank A. Riddick Associate Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Fuqua School of Business, Economics

David Ridley examines innovation and pricing, especially in health care. To encourage innovation in medicines for neglected diseases, he, Henry Grabowski, and Jeffrey Moe, proposed a priority review voucher prize. The prize became law in 2007. Click for more info.

Dan Rittschof, PhD

L.H. Snowdon Professor of Ecology

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Dan Rittschof studies place based ecology and environmental toxicology. His areas of focus are (1) ecology of blue crabs and whooping cranes; 2) barnacle models for management of fouling and biological glues; and (3) impacts of polymer leachates on embryo development, behavior, and reproduction. Outreach includes local high schools, Lake Mattamuskeet Schools, and the Sunburst Environmental Program in Singapore. Click for more info.

Craig Dane Roberts, PhD

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: DIBS

Craig Roberts examines learning at the molecular level by studying which genes and molecules are important for learning, and in the classroom by examining the use of collaborative and visual teaching strategies to improve student learning outcomes. He co-leads two Bass Connections projects on communicating neuroscience to the public and collaborates on outreach programs, including Brain Awareness Week. Click for more info.

Alexander Rosenberg, PhD

Department Chair and R. Taylor Cole Professor, Philosophy

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology

Alex Rosenberg’s research focuses on metaphysics, the philosophy of social sciences, and the philosophy of biology. He holds particular research interests in causation; the philosophy of economics; and the relationship between molecular, functional, and evolutionary biology. He has written several books and over 200 papers on these various topics, as well as directed several PhD dissertations in bioethics-related fields. Click for more info.

Phil Rosoff, MD

Professor, Director of Clinical Ethics

Affiliations: Trent Center, Duke University Hospital

Phil Rosoff is a clinical ethicist with a background in pediatric oncology. He also works in policy development pertaining to the general clinical care of patients at Duke Hospital. He focuses on the just distribution of health care resources, otherwise known as rationing, which has resulted in a forthcoming book, Rationing Is Not A Four-Letter Word: Setting Limits on Health Care.

David Schaad, PhD

Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

David Schaad uses civil and environmental engineering concepts to aid impoverished areas broadly across the developing world. In providing guidance for student initiated design projects, he studies topics including water quality and quantity, sanitation, and improving sustainability practices in low-income areas. By developing new implementation methods for these engineering concepts, students gain an understanding of the societal limitations of technology. Click for more info.

Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, PhD

Professor, Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Science Education

Affiliations: Duke University Medical Center

Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom’s research program focuses exclusively on science education. She develops and provides novel science education curricular materials to the K-12 and college communities. She also developed the Pharmacology Education Partnership, which presents a series of pharmacology- and drug abuse-related science education modules for high school biology and chemistry students. In 2007, she established Duke Center for Science Education. Click here or here for more info.

Suzanne Shanahan, PhD

Associate Director, Kenan; Associate Research Professor

Affiliations: Kenan Institute, Sociology
Suzanne Shanahan’s current research includes work on corporate social responsibility in Brazil, India, South Africa, and Thailand, comparing the effects of immigration on racial violence in the United States and Europe and the explanation of ethical crisis across business, higher education, military, and religious organizations. She also directs DukeEngage’s Duke in Dublin program and the Institute’s Bhutanese Resettlement project. Click for more info.

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, PhD

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza’s research focuses on market-based environmental initiatives and policies in Latin America, their social and environmental impacts, and their intersection with development projects and goals at multiple scales. The results of her interdisciplinary work inform policy design in Latin America. Click for more info.

Ryan Jeffrey Shaw, PhD

RN, Assistant Professor

Affiliations: School of Nursing; Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham VA

Ryan Shaw is a health informaticist who conducts research on the use of novel technologies to help clinicians manage and patients self-manage multiple chronic illnesses including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension for personalized medicine. He focuses on the use of mobile technologies as tools for improving health outcomes and care delivery in real time – known as mobile health or ‘mHealth’. Click for more info.

Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD

MFT, Associate Professor

Affiliations: Duke School of Nursing

Leigh Ann Simmons specializes in the research and development of personalized health care solutions for vulnerable populations in an effort to reduce health disparities. She focuses on innovations in personalized health care that include tailored behavioral care. She teaches a policy-intensive course in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice that focuses on educating nurses to be effective advocates for policy change. Click here or here for more info.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, PhD

Chauncey Stillman Professor

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Kenan Institute, DIBS, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, D-CIDES, Duke Law School

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong uses diverse scientific methods to explore moral judgments that stand at the foundation of society. He also discusses the practical implications of this scientific research for the systems of law, mental health, and education. His recent work focuses on psychopaths, their moral responsibility, and what we can and should do to prevent them from committing so many crimes. Click for more info.

Pate Skene, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Neurobiology, School of Medicine, DIBS, D-CIDES

Pate Skene studies genetic influences and neural mechanisms underlying social integration, cooperation, and the desire to punish those who violate social norms. He explores how those mechanisms affect the development of law and legal institutions, including decision-making in criminal prosecutions, perceived fairness of compensation in civil lawsuits, and the design of government regulation. Click for more info.

Martin Smith, PhD

Associate Professor, Chair, Duke’s Master of Environmental Management Program

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment, Department of Economics

Marty Smith’s work spans a range of policy-relevant topics, including economics of marine reserves, seasonal closures in fisheries, ecosystem-based management, catch shares, nutrient pollution, aquaculture, genetically modified foods, the global seafood trade, organic agriculture, and coastal responses to climate change. He is best known for identifying unintended consequences of marine and coastal policies that ignore human behavioral feedbacks. Click for more info.

Harris Solomon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke Global Health Institute

Harris Solomon studies connections between the body, its environments, material objects, and longevity in the developing world. His current research examines the relationships forged between food, fat, the body, and urban living in the context of India’s rising rates of obesity and diabetes. His courses engage directly with science and technology studies. Click for more info.

Gopal Sreenivasan, PhD

Crown Professor of Ethics, Professor

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy; Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine
Gopal Sreenivasan’s primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy, including bioethics, philosophy of law, and moral psychology. His work in bioethics has concentrated mainly on questions of justice and health, both domestically and internationally, including universal access to health care, health inequalities, and the human right to health. He is also very interested in the ethics of informed consent. Click for more info.

Orin Starn, PhD


Affiliations: Department of Cultural Anthropology, Department of History

Orin Starn’s research centers on culture and politics in the Americas. He has worked most recently on sports and society, including his most recent book, The Passion of Tiger Woods. His earlier work has focused on social movements in Latin America and on Native American experience in this country. He is currently studying Latina house cleaners in North Carolina. Click for more info.

Timothy Strauman, PhD


Affiliations: Psychology & Neuroscience, DIBS

Timothy Strauman studies psychological processes of self-regulation, specifically cognition and motivation and the relation between self-regulation and affect. He examines how psychotherapy remediates disorders such as depression and whether psychotherapy is effective at reducing risk for relapse and recurrence of emotional disorders. He is developing a new self-regulation-based therapy for depression and using of neuroimaging techniques to examine results. Click for more info.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD


Affiliations: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology & Neuroscience, VA Medical Center, DIBS

Scott Swartzwelder is a clinical psychologist focused on understanding the neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology of substance abuse. He is particularly interested in adolescence as a developmental period of significance, both neurologically and psycho-socially with respect to the initiation of, and sensitivity to, drug use. He uses single-cell neurophysiology, network neurophysiology, animal behavior, and human studies to address these issues. Click for more info.

Don Taylor, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Community and Family Medicine, Nursing

Taylor studies end-of-life policy with a focus on patient decision-making and Medicare hospice policy. He was named a member of the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas. Click for more info.

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD

Associate Director for Bioinformatics

Affiliations: Duke Translational Medicine Institute

Jessica Tenenbaum’s research focuses on informatics infrastructure to enable research in personalized medicine. At Duke, she oversees the informatics infrastructure to support the MURDOCK Study, a long-term initiative to reclassify disease based on molecular biomarkers. Other research interests include incorporation of genomic data in clinical care, big data in biomedicine, and ELSI implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Click for more info.

George Truskey, PhD

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

George Truskey researches drug toxicity which impacts the clinical treatment of patients. Using an early screening method to assess candidate drugs’ effects on human tissue samples allows prediction of drugs that will significantly affect clinical trials. His research enables pharmaceutical companies to decide which drugs to further develop and reduces the number of animal studies that need to be performed. Click for more info.

Jenny Tung, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Evolutionary Anthropology, Population Research Institute, DIBS

Jenny Tung researches the interplay between how genes influence behavior and how behavior influences genes. Specifically, she studies how genetic differences and gene regulatory effects shape behavioral traits, and the reciprocal influence of social and behavioral variation on genetic variation and genome function. She focuses on highly social populations of nonhuman primates, natural models for human health, sociality, and evolution. Click for more info.

Liz Turner, PhD

Assistant Professor

Affiliations: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke Global Health Institute

Liz Turner focuses on statistical methods for the design and analysis of population-based randomized and observational studies designed to evaluate the impact of interventions to improve health and education. She explores issues in the prevention and treatment of malaria, including the possible benefits of treating malaria on educational outcomes in children, and questions in the field of mental health research. Click for more info.

Peter Ubel, MD

Jack O. Blackburn Professor

Affiliations: Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy

Peter Ubel explores the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect health, happiness, and the way society functions. He focuses on the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. He uses decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore informed consent, shared decision making, and health care rationing. Click for more info.

Cindy Van Dover, PhD

Professor; Chair, Marine Science and Conservation; Director, Marine Laboratory

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Cindy Lee Van Dover is a deep-sea biologist with an interest in ocean exploration and the ecology of chemosynthetic ecosystems. Two of her science and society endeavors are: (1) using science to inform policies and regulations for emergent deep-ocean industrialization, and (2) engaging artists with ocean and deep-sea landscapes. Click here and here for more info.

Neil Vidmar, JD

Russell M. Robinson II Professor

Affiliations: School of Law, Department of Psychology

Neil Vidmar is primarily interested in the social psychology and sociology of legal decision-making in the U.S., including the way in which biological data and information influences our legal system. Particularly, he is interested in exploring how genetics and neuroscience might influence decision-making by prosecutors and defense lawyers at the early stages of the justice process (pre-trial). Click for more info.

Rebecca Vidra, PhD

Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Rebecca Vidra uses ecological restoration as a tool to restore communities. By actively engaging in restoring ecosystems, people can reconnect to nature and to each other. She is inspired by asking difficult questions about how science gets translated into practice. Part of this translation is done through communication, so she weaves communications skills development into all her courses. Click for more info.

Jesko A. von Windheim, PhD

Professor of the Practice

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Transitioning new innovations from lab to market is very challenging. With the right process, education, and infrastructure, however, Jesko von Windheim and colleagues have demonstrated that the lab-to-market transition can be achieved for early stage technologies. They are applying their approach to technologies that help build a sustainable future including green nylon, seafood mislabeling, and applications in global health. Click here and here for more info.

Tatjana Vujic, J.D.

Affiliations: Research Scholar, Sanford School of Public Policy

The intersection of science and society lies at the heart of Tatjana’s work, which focuses on using sound science to guide responsible and practical policy outcomes related to energy and the environment.

Priscilla Wald, PhD


Affiliations: English, Women’s Studies, Trent Center, Global Health, Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS)

Priscilla Wald’s current work focuses on the intersections among law, literature, science, and medicine. Her book-length study, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke University Press, 2008), considers the intersection of medicine and myth in the idea of contagion and the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of “emerging infections.” Click here for more info.

Kevin Weinfurt, PhD


Affiliations: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience

Kevin Weinfurt has extensive experience in the analysis of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials and advanced multivariate statistical analysis of behavioral science data. His interests include the psychology of decision making and the communication of uncertainty; informed consent; conflicts of interest in research; methods for measuring and analyzing patient-reported outcomes; and research design and statistics. Click for more info.

Erika Weinthal, PhD

Associate Dean for International Programs, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy

Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment

Erika Weinthal’s work looks at issues surrounding human security. She specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Click for more info.

Keith Whitfield, PhD

Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Affiliations: Center for Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities, Psychology & Neuroscience, Geriatrics, African and African American Studies, DIBS

Keith Whitfield explores individual differences in minority aging by studying individuals and members of twin pairs. He examines the individual variation in health and individual differences in cognition due to health conditions. He also researches how social, psychological, and cultural factors of cognition and healthy aging. Click for more info.

Jonathan Wiener, JD


Affiliations: Duke Law School

Jonathan Wiener’s studies tackle challenges at the intersection of law, policy, and environmental regulation. His work incorporates the study of risk analysis and decision-making in approaching both U.S. and international environmental policy and regulatory oversight. He explores areas such as risk regulation, risk-risk tradeoffs, climate change, precaution, biotechnology policy, regulatory oversight, decision making, mass torts, and property rights. Click for more info.

Mark Wiesner, PhD

Director of CEINT, James L. Meriam Professor

Affiliations: Pratt School of Engineering

As the Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), Mark Wiesner studies the mechanisms through which nanoparticles interact with the environment, and applying that knowledge to inform critical policy decisions. CEINT also strives to educate both students and the general public about general nanotechnology and engineering concepts as they apply to the environment. Click for more info.

Ara Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor

Affiliations: Women’s Studies, Cultural Anthropology

Ara Wilson’s research interests include medical tourism to Thailand and Singapore and applications of STS approaches to economics. Her research brings ethnographic methods to study intimate qualities of globalization, including transnational medical sites connected with medical tourism. She is also focused on pedagogically incorporating feminist science studies into Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies curricula. Click for more info.

David Wong, PhD

Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Professor

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy

One of David Wong’s lines of research concerns the philosophical and scientific study of human nature and moral development. He is particularly interested in the interaction between nature and nurture, as well as relevant empirical studies on the connection between cognition and emotion. He has published extensively in comparative ethics, especially the Chinese-Western philosophical conceptions of human nature and self-cultivation. Click for more info.

Anne Yoder, PhD

Professor; Director of Duke Lemur Center

Affiliations: Department of Biology

Anne Yoder studies Madagascar’s unique and urgently threatened biodiversity. Her research uses comparative molecular evolutionary and genomic data from lemurs and other endemic vertebrates to reconstruct Madagascar’s history and to conserve its biodiversity. She also directs the Duke Lemur Center and encourages capacity building through US and Malagasy student education and partnerships. Click here or here for more info.

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