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Jonathan H. Marks

Director, Bioethics Program

Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law

On Sabbatical Fall 2021—Spring 2022

205 Sparks Building
University Park , Pennsylvania 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-5938

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Jonathan H. Marks is the director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, and affiliate faculty at Penn State Law, the School of Public Policy, and the School of International Affairs. Marks is also a barrister and academic member of Matrix Chambers, London and Geneva, a leading group of human rights lawyers.

He was formerly the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University, where he remained affiliated with the ethics center throughout its six-year initiative on Institutional Corruption (2009-2015). Marks has also held the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

An expert working at the intersections of ethics, law, and policy, Marks currently focuses on the impact of corporate funding on health policy and research. In addition, his research addresses access to health care of the undocumented; the public health ethical and policy implications of hydraulic fracturing; the ethical implications of behavioral economics in public policy; professional ethics and human rights in detention and interrogation; and the ethical implications of neuroscience in national security.

Professor Marks has written for journals of law, medicine, bioethics, and public health including the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Bioethics, and the Hastings Center Report (among others). His book, "The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health" (Oxford University Press, 2019), expands on his TED talk, In Praise of Conflict, which has more than one million views. He was recently interviewed about the book on the Majority Report, on both NPR and Pacifica Radio affiliates, and in several podcasts.

Research Interests:

Bioethics and Public Policy; Health Policy; Food Ethics and Policy; Public-Private Partnerships and Multi-stakeholder Initiatives; Institutional Ethics and Corruption