Bioethics, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Consciousness
Andrew Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also an Affiliate Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Memory Center. Previously, he was a Greenwall Faculty Scholar and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and The Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (2013-2016). He is a recipient of the 2021 Rising Star Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Dr. Peterson’s research centers on bioethics and the philosophy of neuroscience, with specialization in ethical issues related to neurology and human consciousness. His work has been funded by The National Institute on Aging, the Greenwall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars program, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Philosophy of Disability (Graduate/Undergraduate)
The Science of Consciousness (Graduate)
The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Severe Brain Injury (Graduate)
Minds, Brains, and Machines (Undergraduate)
PhD Philosophy, 2016, University of Western Ontario
MA Philosophy, 2011, San Francisco State University
Times-Dispatch Richmond. George Mason University if right to require Covid-19 vaccinations. 2021
Washington Post. End the coronavirus lockdown in the D.C. jail.
The Hill. COVID-19 vaccines are worthless if people aren't vaccinated. 2020
CNN Opinion. How to decide who gets the Covid-19 vaccine first. 2020
Verywell Health. As FDA narrows use of new Alzheimer’s drug, providers proceed with caution. 2021.
Washington Post. When should vaccinated travelers wear masks outdoors? 2021.
Verywell Health. Five reasons the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout is behind schedule. 2021.
Fox News. How do the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines compare? 2020.
USA News & World Report. What the Pfizer vaccine means for investors. 2020.
MedicalXpress. Researchers analyze ethics of allocating resources in COVID-19 era. 2020.
National Post Canada. Alive inside: How do we reach 'vegetative' patients when tests show they're aware of everything? 2019
Vice Magazine. Scientists want to try using shrooms to revive people in vegetative states. 2019
Dana Foundation. Psychedelic treatment for consciousness disorders? 2019
AAAS Eureka Alert. Mason philosophy professor explores the ethics of severe brain injury. 2018
CBC Radio, Ideas From the Trenches. The open mind. 2016
The New Scientist. Portable mind reader gives voice to locked-in people. 2015
San Francisco State University. Philosophy alumnus spotlight. 2014
Western University. Philosophical implications of the new science of consciousness. 2013
Foundation Western. Collaborative spirit benefits graduate student. 2013
Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Philosophy and combat stress. 2012