Elizabeth Edenberg, PhD, is Senior Ethicist and Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Ethics Lab, a program of The Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She is responsible for developing new translational ethics methods to empower students and experts to address the urgent issues of our time. Ethics Lab’s approach merges insights from philosophy with creative design methodology to help make ethics an actionable tool for responsible change. Dr. Edenberg leads Ethics Lab’s work integrating ethics into courses across the University, from computer science to international policy and foreign service. She also leads Ethics Lab’s translational ethics work, collaborating with a wide variety of partners—from public impact projects to research and policy teams—seeking to make practical progress on complex ethical issues.
Dr. Edenberg specializes in political philosophy and the ethics of emerging technology. Her research in political philosophy investigates ways to develop mutual respect and understanding across the deep moral and political disagreements that characterize contemporary society. Her research on broader ethical and political challenges posed by emerging technologies aims to bring philosophical insights to practitioners outside of philosophy. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, New Media & Society, and she is currently co-editing a new volume on Politics and Truth: New Perspectives in Political Epistemology. Drawing on this research, Dr. Edenberg has lead Ethics Lab’s translational ethics work with The Smithsonian Institutes, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Fair Artificial Intelligence Project, and Harvard’s Privacy Tools Project.