Philosophy

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lisa Eckenwiler

Lisa Eckenwiler

Lisa Eckenwiler

Associate Professor

Bioethics, health care ethics, public health ethics, feminist ethical and political theory

Lisa Eckenwiler is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Departments of Philosophy and Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University. She teaches courses in the areas of Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, Global Health Ethics, and Research Ethics.

Dr. Eckenwiler’s current research focuses on ethical issues at the intersection of long-term care, health worker migration, especially nurses and care workers, and global health inequities.  Her second book, Long Term Care, Globalization, and Justice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) addresses these issues. Dr. Eckenwiler is also engaged in several international collaborations including Source Country Perspectives on the Migration of Highly Trained Health Personnel: Causes, Consequences, and An Ethics Framework for Research in Low Resource Disaster Settings. She has recently initiated a project on counter-terrorism, ethics and global health.

Professor Eckenwiler has published widely on research ethics, especially on issues concerning vulnerable populations and the process of ethical review. She has also written on: the ethical implications of initiatives in biodefense and emergency preparedness, the ethics of the international recruitment of health workers, access to health care for undocumented care workers, and access to AIDS care for the homeless.  Her first book, The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape (co edited with Felicia Cohn and published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2007) is now a staple in the field, widely used by scholars and graduate students.

Professor Eckenwiler earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University she was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at Old Dominion University.  From 2002-2003, she served as Director for the Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics at the Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Duke University.  In 2006 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.  The Universite de Montreal’s Centre de Recherche en Ethique hosted her in the summer of 2008 as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Professor Eckenwiler is an active member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American Public Health Association, the International Association of Bioethics, and the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB).  She serves on the advisory board for FAB as well as on the editorial board of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.  She is also the US Representative for FAB and the Coordinator of Country Representatives. 

Current Research

Health Worker Migration, Global Health Equity, and Transnational Justice

Rethinking Research Ethics: From Principles to Relationships

Economic and Ethical Analysis of Age-Based Premiums in a Health Insurance Purchasing Pool (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with Jack Hadley and Tim Waidman)

Selected Publications

“Care Worker Migration and Transnational Justice,” Journal of Public Health Ethics, Vol. 2, no. 2 (July 2009): 171-183

with Zahra Meghani, “Care for the Caregivers?: Transnational Justice and Undocumented Non-Citizen Care Workers,” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 77-101

“The WHO Code on the Recruitment of International Health Personnel: We’ve Only Just Begun,” Developing World Bioethics vol. 9, no. 1 (April 1, 2009): ii-v

Michael Goodyear, Lisa Eckenwiler, and Carolyn Ells, “Mapping a Fresh Course for Helsinki” BMJ 337 (October 17, 2008): 2128

with Carolyn Ells, Dafna Feinholz, and Toby Schonfeld, "Hopes for Helsinki: Re-thinking Vulnerability," Journal of Medical Ethics vol. 34, no. 10 (October 2008): 765-766

with Carolyn Ells, Dafna Feinholz, and Toby Schonfeld, "Helsinki through a Feminist Lens," International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 161-177

Courses Taught

PHIL 309 Bioethics
PHIL 642 Bioethics
PHIL -/NURS 660 – Seminar in Health Care Ethics
PHIL 645 Research Ethics
PHIL/HAP 714 – Ethical Issues in Health Administration and Policy
PHIL/HAP tbd – Ethical Issues in Public Health