Dr. Jane Desmond, Prof. of Anthropology and Affiliate Faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected for a 2023-2024 Fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, a program designed for a dozen thought leaders selected from among applicants from around the world who wish to deepen their work in bioethics. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their previous academic achievements and the contributions they will likely make to the field of bioethics. The one-year, largely virtual, fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics includes an academic appointment as a research fellow in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Dr. Desmond will be focused on the differences between human and non-human bioethics. Desmond's work sits at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies, Ethics, and Human-Animal Studies.
Prof. Desmond will also hold a semester-long international Visiting Fellow research award from the British Academy for Fall 2023. During this time she will be in residence at the Institute for Science and Society at the University of Nottingham in the U.K., collaborating with faculty there to map the scope of the emergent field of the veterinary humanities comparatively across the US and UK.
In addition to her appointments in the Department of Anthropology and at the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Desmond also serves as Resident Director of the Human-Animal Studies Initiative at Illinois.