Bonnie Steinbock, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
University at Albany, State University of New York, and Professor of Bioethics, The Bioethics Program

Reproductive Ethics
Genetics and Ethics

Bonnie Steinbock is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at the University at Albany, and a founding faculty member of the Bioethics Program. Professor Steinbock’s research focuses on the ethics of reproduction and genetics.

She is the author of 65 articles and encyclopedia entries, and Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses (Oxford 1992; paperback edition 1996). She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics (2007) and Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Reproduction (Ashgate 2002). Her co-edited anthologies include Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, now in its 7th edition (McGraw-Hill 2008), and Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy, and Practice (Oxford 2006). She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a member of the ethics committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. The second edition of Life Before Birth was published with Oxford University Press in July, 2011.

In 2005, Professor Steinbock received the University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in Research. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Ethics. In the Fall of 2008, she completed a 4-week scholarly residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Centre on Lake Como, Italy.

Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications

"Physician-Assisted Death and Severe, Treatment-Resistant Depression," Hastings Center Report 47, no. 5 (2017): 30-42.

“Opting for Twins in IVF: What Does Procreative Responsibility Require?” in Leslie Francis, ed., Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017): 623-640.

Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses, Second Edition, (Oxford University Press, 2011)

"Wrongful Life and Procreative Decisions," in Melinda Roberts and Davis T. Wassermaneds., Harming Future Persons: Ethics, Genetics and the Nonidentity Problem (Springer, 2009):155-178.

"Designer Babies: Choosing our Children's Genes," The Lancet, Oct 11, 2008:1294  

 Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 
4th edition, co-edited with John Arras. Mayfield Publishing Company, 1995. Fifth edition, 1998. Sixth edition, co-edited with John Arras and Alex John London. McGraw-Hill, 2002. Seventh edition, McGraw-Hill, 2008. - LINK > 

Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy, and Practice, 
co-edited with Ron Bayer, Lawrence Gostin, and Bruce Jennings. Oxford University Press, 2006. - LINK > 

Oxford Handbook of Bioethics, edited and with an introduction.
Oxford University Press, 2007 - LINK > 

“Reproductive Cloning: Another Look,” 
University of Chicago Legal Forum (PDF)

“Defining Parenthood,” 
International Journal of Children's Rights 13: 287-310 (2005).

Reprinted in Michael Freeman, ed., Children’s Health and Children’s Rights 
(Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nihjoff Publishers, 2006): 311-334. (PDF)

“Alternative Sources of Stem Cells,” 
Hastings Center Report 35, no 4. (2005): 24-26. (PDF)

Recent Activities

Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct. 21 - Dec. 4, 2017

"Pregnant Substance Abusers: A Public Health Approach", Delivered at the Annual Public Health Ethics Law and Policy Symposium 2009. Sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Law and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. University of Toronto, Canada. March 19, 2009.

“Stem Cells: Science, Policy and Ethics.” Delivered to Second International Conference on Science and Moral Philosophy (Ethics) of Assisted Human Reproduction, Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, April 29, 2006.

“Informed Consent,” delivered as part of the University of North Florida ethics committee education course for healthcare professionals in Jacksonville, Florida. Feb. 9, 2006.

“Reproductive Cloning: Another Look.” The University of Chicago Legal Forum, 20th Annual Symposium. Life & Law: Definitions & Decision Making. Saturday, October 29, 2005.

Interviewed about 62-year-old California woman who gave birth, CNN Morning, Feb. 21, 2006.

Interviewed about ethics of animal research , Fox News, Nov. 8, 2005.

Interviewed about the Terri Schiavo case on the Laurie Reilly Show, 810 WGY, Albany, NY, March 20, 2005. 

“New Moms Too Old?" CNN February 21, 2006 

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