Senior Lecturer, Political Science
Lecturer in Management
Ph.D. 1996, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California at Berkeley
J.D. 1985, Harvard Law School
A.B. 1982, Social Studies, Harvard College
Stephen R. Latham became Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics in 2011, having been Deputy Director since 2008. For the previous nine years, he had been Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Before entering academia full-time, Latham served as Director of Ethics Standards at the American Medical Association, and as secretary to its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. His research deals broadly with the intersections of bioethics with law. At Yale, he teaches a mix of undergraduate, MBA and law-school courses on law-and-bioethics, business ethics, and responsible conduct of research. He chairs the university’s social/behavioral IRB, and serves on its Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.
Latham is a former graduate fellow of Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics; a former Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; and a former vice-chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Interest Group on Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethics. He has served on the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from whom he received a Distinguished Service Award. He is a contributing editor of the Hastings Center Report, and was an associate editor of the latest 6-volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan Reference, 2012).