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Ethics Lab is a harbinger of the future. They live out the absolute dissolution of the boundaries between inquiry and action. This is holistic in ways that are essential for the future of work, human learning, and humanity.
— Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education
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About Us

Who We Are

Ethics Lab is a unique team of philosophers and designers at Georgetown University developing creative methods to help students, policy teams, and organizations build ethics into their work.

What We Do

We produce courses, co-design interdisciplinary exercises, and lead workshops for a range of partners. Together, we surface the moral values at stake in emerging, complex issues to help build responsible progress.

HOW WE WORK

We combine deep expertise in ethics with the creative methods of design thinking to develop exercises, tools, and conversations to activate ethics. Our approach emphasizes active collaboration to uncover and understand the moral values at stake in a challenge, and use them as inspiration for creative action.

OUR FOCUS

We focus on forces that are bringing unprecedented change and moral complexity.

Ethics for the Digital Age

The revolution in AI, machine learning, and social platforms will increasingly drive the world. What values will drive the revolution?

Divided Democracy

Group polarization, misinformation, and echo chambers threaten to divide our society. How can we rebuild trust and mutual understanding between citizens to repair these divides?

Bioethics and Biotechnology

Rapid advances in medicine and medical technology are redefining the human condition. What frameworks do we need to adapt to the changes?

 
Maggie Little speaks at an HIV/pregnancy event in the lab

Our Team

Maggie Little, BPhil, PhD

Director of Ethics Lab
Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Professor of Philosophy

Jonathan Healey, MArch

Assistant Director of Ethics Lab
Professor of the Practice

Elizabeth Edenberg, PhD

Senior Ethicist

August Gorman, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

Sydney Luken

Designer

Michael Tschiderer

Director of Finance & Operations

 

Ethics Lab Faculty Affiliates:

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, MSFS

Professor of the Practice, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Ethics Lab Faculty Affiliate

Meg Leta Jones, PhD, JD

Assistant Professor, Communication, Culture, & Technology
Ethics Lab Faculty Affiliate

Kobbi Nissim, Phd

Professor, McDevitt Chair in Computer Science &
Affiliate Professor at Georgetown Law
Ethics Lab Faculty Affiliate