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Professor Paul Root Wolpe

Professor Paul Root Wolpe
  • Emory University
  • Yale University
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I’m more interested in those forms of deviance, whether they’re criminal or not, that have a sense of social controversy about them, that have a sense of conflict. Some of them are criminal and some are simply considered eccentric.
Dr. Paul Root Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe also serves as the first bioethicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. Professor Wolpe did his undergraduate work in the sociology and psychology of religion at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D from Yale University. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Departments of Psychiatry, Sociology, and Medical Ethics. He was a Senior Fellow of Penn's Center for Bioethics and directed the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health and the Program in Psychiatry and Ethics at the School of Medicine. In 1996, Professor Wolpe was named Outstanding Professor at Penn by the Panhellenic Council. Professor Wolpe is coeditor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, and editor of AJOB Neuroscience. He also sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. He is the author of the textbook Sexuality and Gender in Society and the end-of-life guide In the Winter of Life, and he has written more than 100 articles, editorials, and book chapters in sociology, medicine, and bioethics. Professor Wolpe appears frequently in the broadcast media, including MSNBC, CBS and ABC Evening News, Dateline, and 60 Minutes.
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