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Bioethicist. Educator. Scholar. Thought leader.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is professor emerita of English and bioethics at Emory University. RGT is a senior advisor and fellow at the Hastings Center, where she is also chief project advisor for “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology,” a project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is also a 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2021-22.

RGT lectures, consults on projects, and gives workshops on:

  • Healthcare ethics
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Disability arts and culture
  • Accessible technology and design
  • Program, policy, and curriculum development

RGT offers expertise in the equity, knowledge, culture, and ethics of disability to a broad range of institutions and communities, with a focus on the areas of medical humanities, healthcare ethics, and diversity and inclusion initiatives that go beyond compliance.

RGT has taught disability studies, bioethics, American literature and culture, and critical theory at Emory, UCLA, Howard, and Brandeis Universities for more than 20 years. She is a widely recognized and published scholar and mentor. Most recently, she is co-editor of About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times and is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her books have been translated into several languages.

Named by the Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” RGT has given more than sixty keynote addresses and major academic lectures in sixteen countries in recent years. She has led and participated in invited workshops and seminars sponsored by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, the US Department of State, the Smithsonian Institution, the Lancet, the Vatican, the Hastings Center, the Kennedy Center for Ethics, the de Young Museum, the Brocher Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank, among other international venues. Throughout her academic career, she directed intensive faculty development, mentored, and led field-building and consciousness-raising events for disability ethics both within and outside academic settings.

RGT’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute, the Fulbright Program, the Hastings Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Bogliasco Fellowship at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Research Award, Australian National University, University of Sydney Law School, and Curtin University.

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