Emily Herrington received a BA in English from Bellarmine University in 2008, an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, before coming to the University of Pittsburgh where she pursued her MA in Bioethics and PhD in Communication simultaneously to receive both in 2019. Her MA thesis, Enhancement of “Quality of Life” As a Justification for Hand Transplantation: A Review and Critique of the Bioethics Literature After 20 Years of Experience, complemented her dissertation, Conceptions of “Success”: The Ethics and Rhetoric of Hand Transplantation. In 2019 she received a Public Humanities Fellowship to work at the Senator John Heinz History Center on its exhibition of medical innovation in Pittsburgh. She then became an instructor in the Department of Communication and the staff member for the Science, Ethics, and Society Initiative of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law. Emily Ruppel Herrington's Webpage.