Elizabeth Edenberg
 Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University


Senior Ethicist, Ethics Lab, Georgetown University (Feb. 2018 – Current)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (Jan. 2017 – Jan. 2018)
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Fordham University (Aug. 2015 – Dec. 2016)


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


Analyzing the Legal Roots and Moral Core of Digital Consent, co-authored with Meg Leta Jones, New Media & Society, forthcoming, doi.org/10.1177/1461444819831321

Growing Up Sexist: Challenges to Rawlsian Stability, Law and Philosophy Vol. 37, No. 6 (2018): 577-612

AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent, co-authored with Meg Leta Jones and Ellen Kaufman, IEEE: Security & Privacy Vol. 16, no. 3 (2018): 64-72

Cultivating Reasonableness in Future Citizens, On Education. Journal for Research and Debate Vol. 1, No.1 (2018): doi: 10.17899/on_ed.2018.1.8

Ethics Lab: Harnessing Design-Thinking as an Approach to Field Ethics, A Guide to Field Philosophy: How to Use Philosophy to Change the World, edited by E. Brister and R. Frodeman (Routledge, 2019) (co-authored with Maggie Little, Jonathan Healey, and Sydney Luken)

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. 

Conference Grant, “Epistemology, Democracy, and Disagreement” awarded by the Society for Applied Philosophy, with Michael Hannon, 2018 

This grant was awarded to help fund a workshop to bring all of the contributors to the edited volume on Political Epistemology to Georgetown University on October 25-26, 2018.

Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest Subgrant: “Political Epistemology in the Digital Age,” awarded by Georgetown University, 2018

This grant was awarded to fund the development of an interactive workshop at Georgetown October 24, 2018 that brings the philosophers contributing to the political epistemology volume together with students from the past two years of digital ethics courses at Ethics Lab to interact in a creative workshop exploring political epistemology in the digital age. It will also fund the workshop with all contributors to the Political Epistemology volume presenting and discussing draft papers.

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
In addition to teaching my own classes, I am lead ethicists for Ethics Lab’s outreach efforts to introduce curricular innovation supporting high-impact ethics education across Georgetown. We design creative ways to infusing ethical reflection into courses in fields like government, natural and social sciences, business, and technology, that generally may not incorporate explicit discussions of ethical issues through the use of creative exercises. We work with faculty in the other disciplines to co-design creative exercises that draw out the ethical issues embedded in their disciplines in ways that are fully integrated within the learning goals of the existing course.


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 & Fall 2018)
Ethics for the Digital Age (graduate level course for Georgetown’s Business School, Spring 2018 & 2019)

Instructor, Fordham University, New York, NY
Philosophy of Human Nature, Fall 2015 (x3), Spring 2016 (x2) and Fall 2016 (x3) (Introductory metaphysics and epistemology course, drawing on historical and contemporary texts, required of all Fordham students)
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, 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:

“The Normative Core of Digital Consent” APA: Eastern Division, Main Program, January 2019

“Integrating Ethics into STEM Classrooms” APA: Eastern Division, APA-AAPT Teaching Hub, January 2019 (with August Gorman)

“Should Truth Play a Role in Public Reason?” European Epistemology Network, June 2018 & Manchester Center for Political Theory 2018 Workshops, September 2018

“Analyzing the Legal Roots and Moral Core of Digital Consent,” TPRC: Communications, Information, and Internet Policy, September 2018 (with Meg Jones)

“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 & Society for Analytical Feminism Conference, September 2016

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

“Civic Disagreement & Epistemic Peers: Building Mutual Respect,” Political Epistemology Workshop, October 2018

“Reasonableness: A Moral Threshold of Respect,” Bled Ethics Conference, June 2018 & Institute of Philosophy, University of London, September 2018

“Say it to my Facebook: [Un]reasonable disagreement in the age of social media,” Birkbeck Philosophy Summer Workshop, June 2018; Philosophy of Education Society of North America, October 2018; The Tocqueville Forum for Political Understanding, March 2019

“Feminist Approaches to Bioethics,” National Institutes of Health, December 2017 & February 2019

“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

Public Philosophy:

POLITICO: AI SUMMIT, September 2018, Expert Panelist on AI & Ethics (video here in AI Summit 8 https://www.politico.com/live-events/aisummit-videos)

SXSW EDU, March 2018, “Design Tools for Creative Ethics Education” (2 hour workshop with Jonathan Healey, Sydney Luken, and Nico Staple)


“Political Epistemology under Epistemic Constraints: Why Public Reasons Matter” by Fabienne Peter, Political Epistemology Conference, May 2018

“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 HSS 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
Organizer, Political Epistemology Workshop, Georgetown University, October 2018
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
Steering Committee, Political Epistemology Network, 2018 - current
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-current
Faculty Network Steering Committee, Georgetown University’s Digital Ethics Initiative, 2017-current
Founding Faculty Cohort for the Core Pathways Initiative, Georgetown University, Jan 2017-May 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

Maggie Little, Director of Ethics Lab, Senior Research Scholar, and Professor of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
Marilyn Friedman, W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy (Emeritus), Vanderbilt University
Larry May, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), 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