Elizabeth Edenberg

Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University




Senior Ethicist, Ethics Lab, Georgetown University (Jan. 2018 – Current)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (Jan. 2017 – Dec. 2017)

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Fordham University (Aug. 2015 – Dec. 2016)



Areas of Specialization: Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, & Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Areas of Competence: Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, & Early Modern Philosophy



Ph.D. Philosophy, August 2015, Vanderbilt University (2009-2015)

     Dissertation: Political Liberalism and Its Feminist Potential

     Committee: Marilyn Friedman (chair), Robert B. Talisse, Larry May, and Leif Wenar (external)

B.A. Philosophy, summa cum laude, American University (2003-2006)



Edited Book

Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice (2013), co-edited with Larry May, co-authored introduction, Cambridge University Press


“Growing Up Sexist: Challenges to Rawlsian Stability,” Law and Philosophy, forthcoming (doi: 10.1007/s10982-017-9325-1)

“Cultivating Reasonableness in Future Citizens,” On Education. Journal for Research and Debate Vol. 1, No.1 (doi: 10/17899/on_ed.2018.1.8)

“AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent,” co-authored with Meg Leta Jones and Ellen Kaufman, IEEE: Security & Privacy, forthcoming

 Entry on “Essays regarding the Philanthropinum,” Cambridge Kant Lexicon, edited by Julian Wuerth (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)

“Feminist Social and Political Philosophy,” co-authored with Emily McGill-Rutherford, in Philosophy: Feminism, edited by Carol Hay (MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, 2017)

“Civic Education: Political or Comprehensive?” in Justice, Education, and the Politics of Childhood: Challenges and Perspectives, edited by J. Drerup, et al. (Springer, 2016)

 “Unequal Consenters and Political Illegitimacy,” co-authored with Marilyn Friedman, Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2013): 347-360

“Patient Understanding of Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to Screening Colonoscopy,” co-authored with P. Schwartz, P. Barrett, S. Perkins, E. Meslin, T. Imperiale, Family Medicine, Vol. 45, No. 2 (2013): 83-89


Grants Awarded

Complex Moral Problems Grant, awarded by Georgetown University, with Meg Jones (2017-2018)

Our grant, “Digital Consent: A Global Problem for Data Ethics,” seeks to answer two core questions: first, how should consent be understood in the digital age? Second, can and should there be a universal data ethics for a globalized internet? We develop our response using comparative analysis of legal and ethical approaches to these problems as well as a cross-cultural analysis of privacy and consent regimes globally. 


Visiting Fellowships

Collaborative Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, University of London (Summer 2018)

     Research Project: The Role of Truth in Politics

Visiting Scholar, City University of New York, Graduate Center (Summer 2015)

     Sponsor: Virginia Held


Georgetown’s Ethics Lab: Applied Ethics Outreach and Pedagogical Innovation

Pedagogical Innovation

Ethics Lab is an innovation center at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. We develop creative pathways for moral education by merging robust ethical theory with creative exercises adapted from the world of design. Our approach uses the tools of designers to externalize an individual's thought process, visualize complex relationships, and work collaboratively to envision possible solutions. Our exercises encourage students to discern the fundamental moral values at stake in contemporary issues; think creatively about how to approach complex problems; and cultivate responsible agency as they work to envision possibilities for real change.

Engaging Ethics Initiative

I am lead ethicists for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics’s outreach efforts to introduce curricular innovation supporting high-impact ethics education across Georgetown. I work with a design team to develop active learning exercises that draw out ethical and social justice issues that arise within the course material, including many courses that do not otherwise include explicit ethics instruction. Currently, I am working with the Executive MBA program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, the Masters of Global Politics and Security Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, the Core Pathways Initiative on Climate Change, as well as undergraduate courses in Environmental Chemistry, International Affairs, Global Health and Development, Justice and Peace Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. I am also a consultant for the School of Continuing Studies’ effort to revamp their core ethics requirements for 16 masters of professional studies programs.



Instructor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

     Data Ethics, co-taught with Maggie Little (Spring 2017), sole instructor (Fall 2017)

     Climate Change and Global Justice (Spring 2018)

     Social Media and Democracy (Spring 2018)

     Ethics for the Digital Age (graduate level course for Georgetown’s Business School, Spring 2018)

Instructor, Fordham University, New York, NY

     Philosophy of Human Nature, Fall 2015 (x3), Spring 2016 (x2) and Fall 2016 (x3)

     Philosophical Ethics, Spring 2016 (3000 level course, required for all Fordham students)

Instructor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

     Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2012

     Introduction to Medical Ethics: Writing Intensive, Summer 2011 & Summer 2013

     Introduction to Philosophy, Spring 2014 & Writing Intensive, Spring 2011

     General Logic, Fall 2013

Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

     Modern Philosophy (upper level course), Spring 2013

     Environmental Ethics, Summer 2012

     Introduction to Medical Ethics, Fall 2011

     Introduction to Ethics, Spring 2010 & Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant, American University, Washington, DC

     Ethical and Social Issues in Genetics, Spring 2006



Peer Reviewed Presentations:

 “Digital Consent and the Re-Globalization of the Internet,” Privacy Law Scholars Conference-Europe, January 2018 (with Meg Jones)

“AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent,” AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge at the Brussels Privacy Symposium, November 2017 (with Meg Jones and Ellen Kaufman)

“Can a Neutral State Combat Oppression?” Manchester Center for Political Theory 2017 Workshops, Sept. 2017

“Where should we ground the feminist potential of Political Liberalism?” International Social Philosophy Conference, July 2017

“The Viability of Inclusive Political Liberalism” Manchester Center for Political Theory 2016 Workshops, September 2016

“Where should we ground the feminist potential of Political Liberalism?” Society for Analytical Feminism Conference, September 2016

“From Potentially Inappropriate to Actually Inappropriate Treatment: An Interest-Based Account” (with Trevor Bibler and Alison Suen) American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, October 2016

 “Where should we ground the feminist potential of Political Liberalism?” New York Society for Women in Philosophy: SWIPshop, November 2016

 “Feminism and Diversity in Political Liberalism,” APA: Eastern Division, Society for Analytical Feminism Session, January 2016

“Feminism and Diversity in Political Liberalism,” Hypatia 2015 Conference: Exploring Collaborative Contestations, May 2015

“Domination, Domestic Violence, and Pettit’s Republican Freedom,” Central States Philosophical Association, October 2014

“Civic Education and the Children of Unreasonable Citizens,” Manchester Center for Political Theory 2014 Workshops, September 2014

“Justice, Gender, and the Children of the Unreasonable,” APA: Pacific Division, Main Program, April 2014

“Can Truth Play a Role in Public Reason?” Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2013

“Towards a New Political Conception of Truth,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 2013

“Unequal Consenters and Political Illegitimacy,” Pacific Society for Women in Philosophy, November 2012

“Becoming Moral: Kant on the Moral Development of Children,” PhiloSOPHIA, May 2011

Invited Presentations:

“Feminist Approaches to Bioethics,” National Institutes of Health, December 2017

“Digital Consent: A Return to Political Philosophy,” Center for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology, September 2017

“Ethics Lab Methodology,” Teaching Colloquium, Delft University of Technology, September 2017

 “Growing Up Sexist: Challenges to Rawlsian Stability,” Social and Political Philosophy Workshop, Fordham University, April 2016

“Political Liberalism and Its Feminist Potential,” Social and Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt University, March 2015

“Just Peace or Lasting Peace?” Author Meets Critics Roundtable on Larry May’s After War Ends: A Philosophical Perspective, Vanderbilt University, March 2014

“Pluralism, Future Citizens, and the Duties of the Liberal State,” Social and Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt University, December 2011


“Mill on Ideological Conversion and Social Reform: An Interpretation of Mill’s Argumentative Strategy in The Subjection of Women” by Van Tu, APA: Eastern Division, Jan. 2018

“Does Rawlsian Justice Realize Racial Justice?” by Brian Thomas, APA: Pacific Division, April 2017

“The Meaning of ‘Gender’” by James Giles, APA: Pacific Division, March 2016

“Democracy and Disingenuousness: The Case for Public Sincerity” by Erik Anderson, APA: Eastern Division, January 2016

 “Gender Frameworks and Gender Conversion behind the Veil of Ignorance” by Stephanie Kapusta, APA: Pacific Division, April 2015

 “In Search of Nudge” by Philippe Mongin, Rational Choice and Philosophy Conference, Vanderbilt University, May 2014

“Moral Rationalism, Instrumental Rationality, and Psychopathy” by Allen Coates, Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2013

 “Pufendorf on Gender and the Family” by Susanne Sreedhar, APA: Central Division, Society for Analytical Feminism Session, February 2013

“The Boundary Problem and the Epistemic Functions of Democracy” by John Min, Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 2013

“Liberalism’s Feminist Critics” by Ruth Abbey, Social and Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt University, October 2012

“Criticizing Cohen’s Criticism of Rawls” by Steven Ross, Social and Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt University, October 2010


Honors & Awards

College of Arts and Science Humanities and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2014-2015

Kendall Berry Ethics Dissertation Prospectus Prize, Vanderbilt University, 2013

Berry Student Publication Award, 2013

Pacific Society for Women in Philosophy travel stipend recipient, 2012

Berry Graduate Student Departmental Service Prize, Vanderbilt University, 2010

University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2009-2014

Vanderbilt Graduate School’s most prestigious university-wide, service-free fellowship

Phi Beta Kappa, 2006


Professional Service

Conference Organization

Co-organizer, Society for Analytical Feminism 2012 Conference, Vanderbilt University, October 2012

Co-organizer, Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice Workshop, Vanderbilt University, August 2011

Service to the Profession

Co-Chair, New York Society for Women in Philosophy, 2016-2017

Service to the Department and University

Lead Ethicist, Engaging Ethics Initiative, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown, 2017-2018

Founding Faculty Cohort for the Core Pathways Initiative, Georgetown University, Jan 2017-May 2018

Strategic Planning Team, Georgetown University’s Digital Ethics Initiative, 2017-2018

Planning Committee, University-wide Speaker Series on Data Ethics, Georgetown University, 2017-2018

Designer, Why Study Philosophy Brochure, Fordham University, 2016

Certified Member, LGBT and Ally Network of Support, Fordham University, 2016

Graduate Representative, Committee on Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2014-2015

Founder and Coordinator, Peer Teaching Mentorship Program, Vanderbilt, 2010 – 2015

Pedagogy Leader, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Teaching Assistant Orientation, 2014

President, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, Vanderbilt University, 2010 – 2012

Graduate Faculty Representative, Vanderbilt University, 2009 – 2010



Marilyn Friedman, W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy (Emeritus), Vanderbilt University

Maggie Little, Director, Senior Research Scholar, and Professor of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Larry May, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Robert B. Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Diana Heney, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University