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Professor of Philosophy and Business; Lecturer, Law and Public Policy

Patricia Illingworth is an author, philosopher, and lawyer who works on some of the most urgent social, ethical, and human rights problems that face people and their communities. Her approach is highly interdisciplinary, with a scholar’s focus on facts, a philosopher’s attention to cogency, and a lawyer’s eye for practical policy solutions. She uses her skills to promote human rights and the public good.

She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, and a J.D. from Boston University.  She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1997. Professor Illingworth has held Fellowships at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and at Rice University.  Prior to coming to Northeastern, she taught at McGill University where she held appointments in the Law School, Medical School and the Department of Philosophy.  Her area of expertise is philanthropy and ethics, organizational ethics and health policy and ethics.  She has published widely, including scholarly articles and many books. She also writes for a wider audience, such as the Huffington Post,  and consults to the media.

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  • 2017 Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 2001–2003 Fellow in Medical Ethics, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 1990–1991 Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Philosophy, Harvard Law School
  • 1987 Exxon Visiting Fellowship in Ethics and Medicine Seminar at the Baylor Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Public Issues (Summer)
  • 1979–1984 University of California at San Diego Foreign Student Tuition Fellowship
  • Illingworth, P., & Parmet, W.E. (2017). The health of newcomers: Immigration, health policy,and the case for global solidarity. New York: New York University Press.
  • Illingworth, P. (2012). Us before me: Ethics and social capital for global well-being. NewYork: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Illingworth, P., Pogge, T., & Wenar, L. (2011). Giving well: The ethics of philanthropy. NewYork: Oxford University Press.
  • Illingworth, P., & Parmet, W.E. (2006). Ethical health care. New York: Prentice Hall.Cohen, J.C., & Illingworth, P., Schuklenk, U. (2006). The power of pills: Social, ethical, andlegal issues in drug development, marketing and pricing. London, UK: Pluto Press.
  • Illingworth, P. (2005). Trusting medicine: The moral costs of managed care. New York:Routledge.
  • Illingworth, P. (1990). AIDS and the good society. New York: Routledge.

Edited Books

  • Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy, co-edited with Thomas Pogge and Leif Wenar. Contributor: “The Ethics of Philanthropy,” pp. 3–12. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). (Also chosen for Oxford Scholars On-line Publications.)
  • The Power of Pills, co-edited with Jillian Claire Cohen and Udo Schuklenk. Co-authored: “Introduction,” pp. 1–7 (London: Pluto Press, 2006).
  • Ethical Health Care, co-edited with Wendy Parmet. Contributor: “Bioethics: Expanding our Horizons,” pp. 1–16. Co-author: Chapter introductions. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006).

Selected Publications

  • “In Our Best Interest: Meeting Moral Duties to LGB Adolescent Students, (with Timothy Murphy), forthcoming in The Journal of Social Philosophy.
  • “The Dilemma of International Property Rights for Pharmaceuticals: the Tension Between Securing Access of the Poor to Medicines and Committing to International Agreements, (with Jillian Clare Cohen), Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003 pp. 27-48.
  • “Trust: The Scarcest of Medical Resources, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Vol. 27, No. 1, 2002 pp. 30-46.
  • “Employer Leadership in the Era of Workplace Rationing, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2001 pp. 172-183.
  • Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy. Editors: Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar. Oxford University Press (2010).

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