Amy Hinterberger, PhD

Amy Hinterberger is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining University of Washington in 2024, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London, UK. She has also held positions at the University of Warwick (2013 – 2017), Harvard University (2014), University of Oxford (2011 – 2013) and University of London (2010 – 2011).  

A sociologist by training (PhD, LSE, 2010), her research addresses the ethical and political dynamics of biomedicine and biotechnology. Amy currently leads a team of researchers exploring the ethics and politics of stem cell models for human disease and development through a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in the Social Sciences and Humanities called ‘Biomedical Research and the Politics of the Human’ ($753,351: 2020 - 2025): Using qualitative empirical and ethnographic research methods, the project is designed as a social and ethical exploration into the changing relationship between humans, animals and biomedicine. Her research interests span multiple areas of innovation and technology, focusing particularly on cell-based technologies and genomics. Exploring the relationship between inequality and the social implications arising from emerging technologies is a key aspect of her scholarship. Additionally, she is interested in the intersections between sociology and bioethics, particularly in exploring the institutional governance and regulation of both humans and animals in biomedical research.  

Amy is series co-editor of Inscriptions: Writing the Social Studies of Science published by Manchester University Press. She is also an External Faculty Associate in the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, and Visiting Professor in the School of Global Affairs, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London. 

Dr. Amy Hinterberger

Amy Hinterberger, PhD

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