About

Jonathan H. Marks is director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State where he is also affiliated with the Law School and School of International Affairs. Having spent a decade in full-time legal practice in London, he retains academic member of Matrix Chambers, a leading set of human rights barristers. From 2004-6, he held the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. From 2009-2015, he was affiliated with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

Jonathan works at the intersections of law, ethics, and policy, exploring the impact of industry funding on research in the biosciences (especially food and nutrition research), the access to health care of the undocumented, and the intersections between environment and public health, and between professional ethics and human rights. 

He has served as an expert on legal and ethical issues in meetings held by the Royal Society in London, the National Academies in Washington, D.C., and the WHO.

At Penn State, Jonathan developed a novel Ph.D. program that encourages students to explore systemic ethical problems, often with major legal and policy implications. His course on ethical leadership was also featured in the New York Times.  The course draws on philosophy, literature, and behavioral science to explore ethical leadership—and failures thereof—in the professions, government, the academy, and industry. 

Jonathan's writing has appeared in The Times (London), the New York Times, LA Times, and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as a variety of other scholarly journals.  He has been interviewed by NPR, the BBC, AP, and Voice of America (among others) on topics that include international law, professional ethics, and human rights. 

Jonathan recently completed a book manuscript that explores the ethical implications of the relationships between industry, government, and the academy in the context of both research and policymaking. The book is entitled "The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health." He continues to explore the ethics of reciprocity and influence, and the ethics of conflict and compromise.