Shapiro Fellow in Bioethics
University Center for Human Values
5 Ivy Lane, Room 105
Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania (History and Sociology of Science)
MBE - University of Pennsylvania (Bioethics)
AB - Princeton University (Classics)
Jason L. Schwartz is the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, where he also holds an appointment as a Lecturer. His research examines ethical, historical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in public health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His general research interest is in the ways in which evidence is interpreted, evaluated, and translated into regulation and policy in medicine and public health.
Schwartz is an author of the chapter titled “Ethics” in Vaccines (Elsevier, 2008, 2012), the standard textbook of vaccine science and policy. Other publications on topics in public health policy and ethics have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, JAMA Pediatrics, and elsewhere. His dissertation, External Factors: Advisory Committees, Regulation, and American Public Health, 1962-1999, examined the emergence and influence of expert advisory committees in the development of U.S. biomedical regulation and policy, particularly regarding pharmaceuticals and vaccines. His current research examines how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to risks associated with pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies.
Schwartz regularly teaches courses and gives lectures on vaccine history, ethics, and policy; public health ethics and policy; science advice to government; synthetic biology and emerging technologies; human subjects research; and related topics. He recently developed new undergraduate and graduate courses in public health ethics at the Princeton University Center for Human Values and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, respectively.
Prior to arriving at Princeton, Schwartz was an Associate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, where he directed research projects related to vaccine ethics and policy and taught in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. He was also a staff member for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where he contributed to the Commission’s research and published reports on synthetic biology and emerging technologies (2010) and U.S. Public Health Service-led STD research in Guatemala in the 1940s (2011). He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).
Schwartz is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received an A.B. in classics, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master's degree (MBE) in bioethics.