Joanna Smolenski, Graduate Fellow

Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy

Field of study: bioethics, applied ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of psychiatry, and social and political philosophy 

Joanna Smolenski

Dissertation topic: Informed consent. I am considering the importance and deployment of informed consent in various contexts – including biomedical, psychiatric, and sexual – as well as examining the philosophical motivation behind requiring informed consent in the first place.

Bio: Joanna Smolenski, M.Phil., M.A., earned a B.A. from Columbia University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She is particularly interested in questions at the intersection of ethics and emerging technologies, with a focus on informed consent. In addition to her doctoral work, Ms. Smolenski is an Ethics Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and a member of the inaugural cohort of the Bioethics in Biopharma Fellows Program at the GE2P2 Global Foundation. She also teaches undergraduate students in the philosophy department at NYU, and has taught widely throughout the CUNY system. Until recently, she served as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Critical Care, the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and the Society for Complex Acute Illness. Prior to her work at CUNY, Ms. Smolenski pursued graduate studies in Bioethics at NYU’s Center for Bioethics and was a John Jay Scholar in Philosophy and Political Science at Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in Philosophy.