History of the Journal
Now in its twentieth year of publication, the KIEJ is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal of the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Over time, the journal's focus has evolved as the field of bioethics has itself shifted and matured.
From an early emphasis on traditional concerns in bioethics -- such as the ethics of clinical research and physician-patient relations -- the journal soon broadened its perspective to include moral issues in emerging medical technologies (like human embryonic stem cell research and genetic testing), then further to include other aspects of human health and well-being, publishing articles in public health ethics and environmental justice. Today, the editors continue to expand the journal's horizons to keep the journal at the forefront of further developments in the discipline: only fitting for a journal which has for so long been a leader in the field.

Mission Statement

The KIEJ seeks to publish philosophically rigorous, practically relevant articles that explore the conceptual foundations and complexities of bioethical issues. The editors construe 'bioethics' maximally broadly, so as to include ethical, social, and political issues concerning public health, medicine, the environment, the natural sciences, nutrition, human embodiment, and sustainability and development, along with all standard bioethical topics.

We solicit in-depth articles (average 8000-12,000 words) that combine detailed conceptual analysis with practical engagement. While we accept papers in all areas of bioethics, we are especially interested in publishing papers that explore ethical and social issues in science practice, and/or philosophical approaches to health, environmental, and science policy. We encourage articles that situate philosophical and ethical issues in a global context.

Prospective authors should feel free to contact the editors for advice concerning whether their manuscripts are suitable for submission to KIEJ and how to bring them in line with our mission.

Editorial Team

Rebecca Kukla, Editor in Chief

  1. Rebecca Kukla, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. Professor Kukla's research interests include reproductive ethics and the culture of pregnancy and motherhood, public health ethics, the ethics of health communication, research ethics, methodological issues in medical research, and the social epistemology of medicine. Much of her research bridges bioethics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. Of late, she has particularly been interested in ethical and epistemological issues surrounding risk reasoning and communication. She explores these issues at all levels of medical practice, from trial design and the interpretation of scientific results, to evidence-based medicine guidelines, to physician-patient communication, to health promotion campaigns and media representations of risk, to laypeople's judgments and discussions about risk.

Jake Earl, Managing Editor

  1. Jake Earl, M.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. In 2011, Jake began working with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics as a communications assistant for the Intensive Bioethics Course, and since then has continued to lend a hand with the KIE's website and marketing efforts.

Editorial Board
Alireza Bagheri, M.D., Ph.D.
School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Dan W. Brock, Ph.D.
Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D.
Department of Theology, Boston College

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Alexander M. Capron, LL.B.
Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, University of Southern California

James Childress, Ph.D.
Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Dena S. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Religion Studies Department, Lehigh University

Ronald M. Green, Ph.D.
Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College

Henk ten Have, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University

Rihito Kimura, Ph.D.
Keisen University, Japan

Bernard Lo, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Joanne Lynn, M.D.
Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute

Aaron L. Mackler, Ph.D.
Department of Theology, Duquesne University

Alan Meisel, J.D.
Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh

Paul T. Menzel, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University

Jing-Bao Nie, B.Med., M.Med., Ph.D.
Bioethics Centre, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand

Margaret A. Somerville, Au.A., L.L.B, D.C.L.
Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University, Canada

Dan Wikler, Ph.D.
Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Stuart J. Youngner, M.D.
Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

Historic Healy Hall, home to the journal's editorial offices