Law expert Anita Allen will join the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center for their final spring lecture at noon April 13. The talk, which will explore race and privacy issues, will be available via Zoom and is open to the campus community. Registration is required.
Allen is an expert on privacy law, the philosophy of privacy, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights and race relations. She is the Henry R. Silverman professor of law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.
A graduate of Harvard Law School with a doctorate from the University of Michigan in philosophy, Allen is internationally renowned as an expert on philosophical dimensions of privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights and diversity in higher education. She was Penn’s vice provost for faculty from 2013-2020, and chaired the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council.
Allen is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018-19 she served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. From 2010 to 2017, Allen served on President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Allen has also served on the faculty of the School of Criticism and Theory, for which she is an advisor.
She served a two-year term as an associate of the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center, from 2016 to 2018. She has been a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University, Waseda University, Villanova University, Harvard Law and Yale Law, and a Law and Public Affairs fellow at Princeton. She will visit the Government School at Oxford University in 2022, Fordham Law School in 2023 and Oxford’s University College as the Hart Fellow in 2024, where she will also deliver the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University (Netherlands) in 2019 and from Wooster College in 2021. Allen was then awarded the 2021 Philip L. Quinn Prize for service to philosophy and philosophers by the American Philosophical Association, and the 2022 Privacy Award of the Berkeley Law and Technology Center.