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Anita L. Allen

Anita L. Allen

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Vice Provost for Faculty and Henry R.Silverman Professor of Law
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, the philosophy of privacy, bioethics, and contemporary values. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. At Penn she is the Vice Provost for Faculty and the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Tel Aviv University (Israel) and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), among others.  In 2010 she was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. In 2016 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Her books include Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide (Oxford, 2011); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax/Hyperion, 2004); Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988), the first monograph on privacy written by an American philosopher. Her textbooks include: Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2016, with Marc Rotenberg, President of the electronic Information Privacy Center.), a comprehensive textbook on the US law of privacy and data protection, with chapters on the common law, constitutional law, federal statutory law, surveillance law and international standards. Allen, who has published more than a hundred scholarly articles, book chapters and essays, has also contributed to popular magazines, newspapers and blogs, and has frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs. Allen has been active as a member of editorial, advisory, and charity boards, and in professional organizations relating to her expertise in law, philosophy and health care. She is currently on the boards of EPIC, the WCG Foundation, and is a member of the IRB for the Precision Medicine Initiative.

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