Alex John London, PhD

  • Clara L. West Professor of Ethics & Philosophy
  • Director, Center for Ethics and Policy
  • Carnegie Mellon University

Alex John London is the Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, which led to his membership in the World Health Organization Expert Group on Ethics and Governance of AI. His work also addresses methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics and on cross-national issues of justice and fairness. He was, for example, a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Clinical Trials During the 2014-15 Ebola Outbreak. He also has played authorship roles for consensus papers on research ethics for the National Academy of Medicine and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

Dr. London's book For the Common Good: Philosophical Foundations of Research Ethics was published in 2022 with Oxford University Press.  He is also co-editor of the popular textbook Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, and teaches courses on ethical theory, global justice, medical ethics, research ethics, and both ancient and modern philosophy.