Jonathan H. Marks is associate professor of bioethics, humanities, law and philosophy at Penn State, and director of the Bioethics Program. His academic mission is to develop the bioethics curriculum and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in the field, bringing together dynamic scholars from the liberal arts, medicine, life sciences and law--within his own institution and at large.
Much of the literature in bioethics is concerned with micro-bioethics questions, often involving discrete issues of patient care. Although these questions are important, Jonathan is particularly interested in exploring policy-relevant macro-bioethics issues involving, for example, the impact of industry funding on biomedical research (especially health-related food and nutrition research), access to health care, and intersections between environment and public health and between professional ethics and human rights. These issues are just as important but often neglected in mainstream media.
Jonathan leads an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard exploring the systemic effects and ethical implications of industry funding of health-related food research, nutrition education, policy and practice. He also redesigned and currently teaches an interdisciplinary course on ethical leadership (recently described in an article in the New York TImes) that draws on behavioral science, literature, biography, history, and film--as well as philosophical texts--to explore the Sandusky crisis at Penn State, and to compare examples of ethical leadership--or failures thereof--in various other institutions. To find out more about my course on ethical leadership, click here.
Jonathan's writing has appeared in The Times (London), the New York Times, LA Times, and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as a variety of other scholarly journals. He has been interviewed on NPR, BBC Radio and Voice of America (among others) on topics that include international law, professional ethics, and human rights.