Madison Powers, JD, DPhil

Research Scholar/Ethicist/Philosopher

Madison Powers, J.D., D.Phil., is Director and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University, a law degree from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University (University College). Research interests include political, legal, and moral philosophy with a special interest in the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. Dr. Powers has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in normative and practical philosophy. He is co-editor, with Ruth Faden and Gail Geller, of Aids, Women and the Next Generation, and with co-investigator Ruth Faden, he was the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award. He also served for many years thereafter as a member and as chair of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation overseeing the Investigator Awards Program, and he has participated in many private and governmental advisory bodies including the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) for the National Institutes of Health.

Drs. Powers and Faden are co-authors of Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Care Policy (NY: Oxford University Press, 2006). His current book-length project (tentatively titled, The Problem of Liberty) is a historical and analytical examination of how divergent conceptions of law’s primary social function co-evolved within political philosophy and legal theory and how those developments influenced conceptions of the rationale for, and proper scope of, the particular bundles of civil liberties at times claimed to be morally most deserving of legal protection.