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Laura Bothwell

PhD, MPhil, MA
Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

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Laura Bothwell, PhD, MPhil, MA

Biography

Dr. Bothwell is an ethicist and historian of public health. Her research focuses on social, historical, and ethical dimensions of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Her current book project examines how international and national policies have influenced trial rigor and ethics, protections of vulnerable trial subjects, and participant diversity in RCTs.

She completed a PhD in the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has also had visiting appointments at Oxford University, Fondation Brocher, the Karolinska Institutet, and National Taiwan University. She teaches public health ethics and the history of public health.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Columbia University, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine, Department of Sociomedical Sciences (2014)
  • MPhil
    Columbia University, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine, Department of Sociomedical Sciences (2011)
  • MA
    Union Theological Seminary, Concentration in History of Science and Religion (2006)
  • BA
    College of St. Scholastica, History (2004)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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