Research Interests

Jonathan Marks' research interests and projects include:

- the relationship between professional ethics and human rights (with a particular interest in health professionals and interrogation in the war on terror);

- the impact of industry funding on medical research and health-related food research, and the resulting ethical, legal and regulatory challenges;

- neuroethics and "neurolaw" (with a 'neuroskeptical' interest in national security neuroscience!) 

- the implications of behavioral psychology and behavioral economics for public policy, especially counterterrorism and catastrophe planning

- the tension between human rights and public health in planning for and responding to catastrophe

- the systemic effects and ethical implications of health-related food research, nutrition education, policy and practice

- the implications of behavioral science for ethics

- exploring why institutions lose their integrity and/or public trust, and potential remedies in such cases.



Recently Organized Events


In January 2012, Marks co-organized and presented on a panel entitled Responding to Child Sexual Abuse:  Legal, Medical and Ethical Perspectives.

In 2011-12, Jonathan co-organized a lecture series on food ethics, and a symposium on the impact of industry funding on health related food research. The latter built on an earlier workshop on a similar topic in March 2008.

In 2008 - 9, Jonathan organized a lecture series sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute entitled "Bioethics Without Borders."  For more information, click here.

In August 2007, Jonathan co-organized an international neuroethics conference at Penn State.  For more information about the conference and to watch the conference sessions, click here.