Stephen Latham

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Stephen Latham
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Senior Research Scientist, Political Science

Adjunct Professor in Management; Lecturer in Law


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, JD, PhD, is Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Before entering academia full-time, he was secretary to the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. He is faculty chair of Yale’s Human Subjects Committee (its social/behavioral IRB) and of one of its medical IRBs; vice-chair of another; and co-chair of its Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. Latham’s 100+ publications on bioethics and health law have appeared in numerous university-press books, law reviews and journals, including Nature, JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, and the Hastings Center Report, which he serves as a Contributing Editor. He has been a graduate fellow of Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics, a Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, a vice-chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Interest Group on Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethics, and Secretary of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award. He does clinical ethics consultation with the Pediatric Ethics Committee of Yale-New Haven’s Children’s Hospital, and serves on the Medical Review Board of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. Latham’s undergraduate Political Science course, “Bioethics and Law,” is among the largest classes at Yale College.

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