Rachel Ankeny, MA, PhD

  • Professor, University of Adelaide

Rachel Ankeny joined the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2006 and is now Professor. From 2000, she served as Director and Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science Unit at the University of Sydney. Prior to 2000 she was the Class of ‘43 Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Science at Connecticut College and spent the 1999-2000 academic year as a Research Fellow at Princeton University. In addition to her MA in Bioethics, she received an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, with majors in philosophy and math. Her bioethics thesis project is entitled “Reexamining Fundamental Issues in Biomedical Ethics through Consideration of Candidate Selection.” Her current research interests include food habits in the Italian diaspora, food ethics, and the relationship of science to cuisine. In the history and philosophy of science, her research focuses on the roles of models and case-based reasoning in science, model organisms, the philosophy of medicine, and the history of contemporary life sciences. Her research in bioethics examines ethical and policy issues in genetics, reproduction, and women’s health; ethical issues in transplantation policy and process, including live organ donation; and embryo and stem cell research, among other topics. She also was co-investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant entitled “Big-Picture Bioethics: Policy Making and Liberal Democracy” and on a National Health and Medical Research Council grant entitled “Deconstructing DTCA: Toward a Differentiated Policy Response to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in Australia.” Rachel Ankeny's Faculty Webpage