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Glenn McGee
College of Business
About Me

    I joined the University of New Haven faculty in 2014. I received my B.A. from Baylor in 1990, and M.A. in 1993 and Ph.D. in 1994 from Vanderbilt University. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the U.S. Human Genome Project (NIH NHGRI ELSI) and was a 2000 recipient of the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy from the British government.

    Prior to joining the University of New Haven, my academic work was in the area of bioethics. I was Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Engineering, Medical Ethics and of Philosophy, and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics in the Wharton School of Business, at the University of Pennsylvania, where I also served as the Associate Director for Education of the Penn Center for Bioethics. In 2005 I was appointed as full professor of medicine at Albany Medical College, where I received tenure and was installed as the John A. Balint Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics. I was the founding director of the inter-institutional Alden March Bioethics Institute and served as its first director until leaving Albany Med in 2008. I held the John B. Francis Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City from 2009-11. I worked in biotechnology startup companies in the U.S. and Germany during 2012-13, then in 2014 returned to academia and refocused my research and teaching away from bioethics to health policy and management.

    My books include The Perfect Baby: A Pragmatic Approach to Genetics (Rowman & Littlefield), Beyond Genetics (NY: William Morrow/HarperCollins), and most recently Bioethics for Beginners (Wiley). I have also edited three books: Pragmatic BioethicsThe Human Cloning Debate, and (with Arthur Caplan & David Magnus) Who Owns Life? I have authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and many more law review articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, reviews and commentaries.

    I was the founder and first Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Bioethics, which I edited for more than a decade. I served as Co-Editor (with Arthur Caplan) of the MIT Press book series Basic Bioethics.

    I have been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and to the American Bar Association Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law. I served on 17 editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals and on the Editorial Policy and Ethics Committee of the Council of Science Editors. I created

    I have participated in a number of governmental advisory capacities: I served more than 8 years on the Cellular and Molecular Devices Panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, on several study sections for the National Institutes of Health, taught incoming members of Congress for the Library of Congress, provided service on the CDC newborn screening panel, did a site review for the U.K. Economic and Social Research Counsel Site Review, and consulted for the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. I have also consulted and given talks for foundations, associations and NGOs including Pew Charitable Trusts and UNESCO.

    More information about my publications, presentations and activities is available at and

    Each year, the President of the University of New Haven selects a professor to give a "Last Lecture." The challenge is to offer a talk that would, in the speaker's view, be appropriate if it were the last lecture they could ever give. Bioethicist and Professor of Management Glenn McGee was selected to give the lecture for 2016. The title of his lecture is "Lost"; its premise is that our digital identities are far more easily lost than we realize.

    Click here to view the lecture on YouTube.



    Dr. McGee teaches in the Masters program in Healthcare Management. He teaches health management, public health law, and industrial relations. Dr. McGee's teaching has ranged across business, medicine, law, public health and philosophy. He received a Provost’s Commendation for Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, and his experiential education course on developing health-related policy were profiled by Harvard University School of Education's Project Zero on innovative teaching methods. He has mentored a number of Ph.D. candidates, and advised numerous students in terminal degree programs in medicine, law, nursing, business and public health. He helped create degree programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Albany Medical College, and Certificate Program in bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics. He has taught extensively in online and live formats, ranging from "large hall" undergraduate courses to small seminars to executive education for mid-career professionals.

    Selected Publications


    Bioethics for beginners: 60 cases and cautions from the moral frontier of healthcare. New York: Blackwell-Wiley, 2012.

    Beyond genetics New York: William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2004. 

    The perfect baby: parenthood in the new world of cloning and genetics, 2ed. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. Translated into Portuguese, 2008. Chapter 5 anthologized in Robinson, Berry, and McDonnell, eds., Health care and the law (McGraw-Hill 1998, 2nd ed., 2000).   


    Pragmatic bioethics. 2ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

    Who owns life? (with Arthur Caplan and David Magnus). Prometheus Books, New York, 2002.

    The human cloning debate. 3ed. Berkeley Hills Books, Berkeley, CA, 2002.




    Johnson S, McGee G: Nanomedicine and Ethics.  Harvard Health Policy Journal.  2007.

    Fossett JW, Ouellette AR, Magnus D, McGee G (senior author): Federalism and bioethics: [the importance of] states and moral pluralism.  Hastings Center Report.  November/December 2007.

    Pierpont ME, Basson CT, Benson DW Jr, Gelb BD, Giglia TM, Goldmuntz E, McGee

    G, Sable CA, Srivastava D, Webb CL; American Heart Association Congenital Cardiac

    Defects Committee, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young: Genetic basis for congenital heart defects: current knowledge: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Congenital Cardiac Defects Committee, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young: endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Circulation. 2007 Jun 12;115(23):3015-38.

    Triner W, Jacoby L, Shelton W, Burk M, Imarenakhue S, Watt J, Larkin G, McGee G (senior author): Exception from informed consent enrollment in emergency medical research: attitudes and awareness. Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Feb;14(2):187-91

    Gruenberg D., Shelton W., Rose S., Rutter, A., Socaris S., McGee G (senior author): Factors influencing length of stay in the intensive care unit.  Am J Crit Care 15: 502-509. 2006.

    Magnus D., McGee G, Cho M.: Lessons from the Korean [embryonic] stem cell scandal.  Science. 2006.

    McGee G, Shelton W., Philpott S.: A Pragmatic Approach to the Ethics of Reproductive Human Cloning.  NY State Bar Assn Law J 10:3 56-63.

    McGee G, McErlean M., Triner W., Verdile V.: Toward a pragmatic model for community consultation in emergency research. Acad Emer Med 12(10), 2005.

    Ouellette A., Caplan A., Fossett, J., Shickle D., Bjarnadottir D., Carroll K., McGee G (Senior Author): Lessons across the pond: Assisted reproductive technology in the UK and the US.  Am J Law and Medicine 31(4), p. 419-448, 2005.

    McGee G Thirty years of bioethics. New Review of Bioethics. 1(1):7-13. November 2003.

    Merz, J.F., McGee G, Sankar, P. "Iceland Inc."?: on the ethics of commercial population genomics. Soc. Sci. Med., November 2003.

    McGee G: Gene therapy or gene transfer research: foundations for confusion in the next wave of human research and one possible solution.  Princeton Journal of Bioethics. 6(1):32-44. 2003.

    Caplan AL, McGee G: Cloning human embryos: decisions must not be made by private corporations behind closed doors.Western Journal of Medicine. 176(2):78-9. 2002

    McGee G, Spanogle, J. Caplan, A., Penny, D., Asch, D.: Successes and failures of hospital ethics committees: a national survey of ethics committee chairs. Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics 11(1): 87-93, Winter 2002.

    McGee G: Dewey and Husserl on natural science and values: learning from the Sokal debate. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14(4): 286-299 2001.

    McGee G, Brakman SV, Gurmankin AD.: Gamete donation and anonymity: disclosure to children conceived with donor gametes should not be optional. Human Reproduction 16(10):2033-6. 2001. Commentary by: Patrizio, P., Mastroianni, AC., Mastroianni, L.: Gamete donation and anonymity: Disclosure to children conceived with donor gametes should be optional. Ibid., 2036-2038; also by Matson, P.: Screening standards in assisted reproductive technologies: The screening of semen donors - where do we draw the line? Ibid., 2039.

    McGee G, Spanogle, J. Caplan, A., Asch, D.: A national study of ethics committees. American Journal of Bioethics 1(4): 60-4, Fall 2001

    McGee G, Spanogle, J.:  Healthcare ethics committees and managed care: a Philadelphia report. American Journal of Managed Care 7(8): 821-7, August 2001.

    Caplan, A., McGee G: Fetal cell implants: what we learned. Hastings Center Report 31(3): 6, May/June 2001.

    McGee G:  The ethics of authorship: does it take a village to write a paper? Science. March 30, 2001.

    Davis, D., McGee G, Robertson, J.:  Pre-pregnancy gender selection: a debate. Texas Journal of Women and the Law, 8(2): 701-717, 2000.

    McGee G:  Sex and new kinds of families. Journal of Sex Research 37(3): 266-272.  August 2000.

    McGee G:  Ethical issues in enhancement: an introduction. Cambridge Quarterly of Healtcare Ethics 9(3) 299-304, Summer 2000.

    McGee G:  Five ways to ‘regulate’ families? Bioethics Bulletin of the American Bar Association, Spring 1999.

    Caplan A., McGee G, Magnus, D.: What is immoral about eugenics. British Medical Journal, 319 (7220):184-5, 1999.

    McGee G: Weighing in on bioethics, Science 284: 551d 1999

    McGee G:  Ethical issues in genetics in the next 100 years. Journal of Law and Social Problems, Fall 1999.

    Cho, M. K., Magnus, D., Caplan, A. L., McGee, D. and Ethics of Genomics Group (McGee G, Member) Ethical considerations in synthesizing a minimal genome. Science 286: 2087-2090, 1999.

    McGee G, Caplan, A.: The ethics and politics of small sacrifices in stem cell research. Kennedy Institute Journal of Ethics 9(2): 151-165, June 1999.

    Fox, M., McGee G, Caplan A.:  Paradigms for clinical ethics consultation practice. Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics7(3): 308-314, Summer1999.

    McGee G, Caplan, A.: What’s in the dish? Ethical issues in stem cell research. Hastings Center Report 29(2): 36-38, March-April 1999.

    McGee G:  Cloning, the family and adoption. Science and Engineering Ethics, 5(1): 47-54, January 1999. Reprinted in Chadwick, R. and Schroeder, D., eds., Pathbreaking Essays in Applied Ethics Vol. 3, London: Cambridge University Press, 18-34, 2002.

    Maron, J., Moller, J., Seidman, C., Vincent, G., Dietz, H., Moss, A., Towbin, J., Sondheimer, H., Pyeritz, R., McGee G, Epstein, A.: Impact of laboratory molecular diagnosis on contemporary diagnostic criteria for genetically transmitted cardiovascular diseases: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long-QT syndrome, and Marfan syndrome. Circulation 98(14): 1460-1471, October 6, 1998

    McGee G:  Breaking bioethics. Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics 7(4): 414-416, Fall 1998.

    McGee G: Gene patents can be ethical. Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics 7(4): 417-421, Fall 1998. Reprinted in Levine, C., ed.: Taking sides: clashing views on controversial bioethical issues (9th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 143-150. 2000. with commentary:  Merz, J., Cho, M.: Against McGee. Ibid., 151-157.  With introduction: Levine, C. Gene patents under the microscope. Ibid., 141-143.

    McGee G:  Foreword: genetic exceptionalism. Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 11(3): 565-570, Summer 1998.

    McGee G: Paper shields: why advance directives still don’t work. Princeton Journal of Bioethics 11(1): 42-57, Spring 1998.

    McGee G, McGee D.: Nuclear meltdown: ethics of the need to transfer genes. Politics and the Life Sciences 17(1): 26-29, March 1998.

    McGee G: Ethics in reproductive and perinatal medicine. Journal of Law & Medicine 19: 305-311, 1998.

    McGee G:  ¿Escatimar genes, entropear a los hijos? Los pecados no tan capitales  de la mejora genética [Spanish]. Revista de Derecho y Genoma Humano. 7: 211-233, July-December 1997.

    McGee G:  Therapeutic clinical ethics. HEC Forum, 9(3): 276-279(4), Sep 1997. published with replyGoold, S.: Is distance critical for clinical ethicists? A reply to Glenn McGee.  Ibid., 280-283(4).

    McGee G:  Drive-through genetic testing. Academic Physician & Scientist, 2-4, July 1997.

    McGee G:  Subject to payment? [A Formula for the Reimbursement of Research Subjects]. Journal of the American Medical Association 278(3): 199-200, July 16, 1997.

    McGee G:  Cloning ethics and the ethics of science. Medical Tribune, February 27, 1997.

    McGee G:  Is ophthalmic genetic testing ethical? Review of Ophthalmology 4(5): 49-50, May 1997.

    McGee G:  Parenting in an era of genetics. Hastings Center Report, 27(2): 16-22, March 1997. Reprinted with “critical reading questions” in Boss, J.A., ed.: Analyzing moral problems. London, Toronto and New York: Mayfield Press, 1998.

    McGee G: Trials and tribulations of surrogacy: legislating gestation. Human Reproduction 12(3): 407-408, March 1997. published with commentary: Johnson, M.: Genetics, the free market and reproductive medicine. Ibid., 408-410; Sureau, C.: From surrogacy to parenthood. Ibid., 410-411; Parazzini, F.: The gynaecologists' opinions. Ibid., 416.

    McGee G:  Healthy ethics or the ethics of health: the human genome project and reproductive genetic testing. OrGyn 8(3): 14-19, 1997. 

    Holtzman, N., Khoury M. and the C.D.C. Working Group on Genetic Testing in Public Health (McGee G, Member): Summary Report on Genetic Testing, American Journal of Human Genetics, February 1997.

    McGee G:  Phronesis in clinical ethics. Theoretical Medicine. 17(4): 317-328, December 1996.

    McGee G, Burg, F.:  When paternalism runs amok:  implications of adolescent sexual activity for the ability to consent.  Politics and the Life Sciences. 15(2): 308-309

    McGee G:  Disclosure vs. confidentiality: when disaster strikes. Health, Faith, and Ethics 1(16): 4-5, April 22, 1996.

    McGee G:  Waiting for Godot: where is the philosophy of nursing? Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 34(6): 43-44, 1996.

    McGee G:  Designing our descendants? International Digest of Health Legislation 47(1): 91-93, 1996.

    McGee G:  A bill of rights for scientists-in-training. Chronicle of Higher Education, B3-4, August 2, 1996.

    McGee G:  The relevance of Foucault for Whiteheadian environment ethics.  Environmental Ethics 16(4): 419-421, Winter 1994.

    McGee G:  Method and social reconstruction:  Dewey's logic:  The theory of inquiry.  The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 31: 107-120, Spring 1994.

    McGee G:  Habla medical? medical language and philosophers, Bulletin of the Society for Health and Human Values, 3:1, December 1992.



    Kalfoglou A., McGee G. Ethical Issues: Addressing the sensational cases and analyzing the clinical practice. Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation. London: Springer, 2013.

    McGee G, Kuhn V., Hersh J., Robertson-Kraft C., Pasquale P. Trading lives or changing human nature: the strange dilemma of embryo-based regenerative medicine.  Yu P., ed. Human embryonic stem cell research.  Cambridge UP, 2005.

     McGee G Cloning. Encyclopedia of science, technology and ethics. New York: Macmillan, 2005. Reprinted in At issue: Human cloning [Textbook], New York: Thomson/Gale Publishing Group, 2005.

     McGee G Bioethics of embryonic research. Encyclopedia of the life sciences. London: Nature (Gale/Macmillan), 2005.

     McGee G Genetic engineering. Ciment, J., ed., Encyclopedia of social issues.  Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.

     McGee G, Kuhn, V., Robertson-Kraft, C., Patrizio P. Stem cell research. Ciment, J., ed., Encyclopedia of social issues.  Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.

     McGee G: Ethical, legal and social issues in the field of biotechnology.  In Abraham, M., and the ECSSR Biotechnology Team, eds.  Biotechnology and the future of society: challenges and opportunities.  Abu Dhabi: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research Press, 2003.

     McGee G: Embryonic stem cell research, nationalism, and transplantation. In W. Land, ed. Significant developments in international ethics and organ transplantation. Munich: Pabst Scientific Publishers, 2003 101-123.

     American Academy for the Advancement of Science Working Group on Human Cloning (McGee G, Member): Summary report of the proceedings of the workshop on the regulation of human cloning, AAAS D.C., March 11, 2003.

     McGee G, Kuhn, V., Robertson-Kraft, C., Patrizio P. The ethics of stem cell therapy. Patrizio, Tucker, Guelman, eds., A color atlas for human assisted reproduction: laboratory and clinical insights, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2003.

     McGee G “Genetic Engineering” The Encyclopedia of Population. MacMillan/Nature 2002.SA

     McGee G Pragmatic epistemology and the activity of bioethics. In Keulartz, Korthals, Schermer and Swierstra, eds.,Pragmatist ethics for a technological culture. Netherlands: Kluwer Philosophy of Medicine Series, 2002 105-117.

     Wolpe, P. and McGee G: Expert Bioethics as Professional Discourse and the Case of Embryonic Stem Cells, in S. Holland, K. LeBacqz, L. Zoloth, Eds., The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate.  The MIT Press, 185-196, 2001.

     McGee G Genetic enhancement: the role of parents. Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. Nature (MacMillan), 2001.

     McGee G:  Merleau-Pontean ethics? intimations of a phenomenology of value, in Hass L., Ed. Re-Reading Merleau-Ponty:  Essays Beyond the Continental-Analytic Divide, Humanities Press, 197-206, 2000.

     McGee G:  Testimony to the California Cloning Commission, in Logue CM, DeHart J., Eds.: Representative American speeches 1999-2000, New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 156-163, 2000.

     McGee G:  A Pragmatic Approach to Human Cloning, in Klotzko, A., Ed., The Oxford Sourcebook to Human Cloning, Oxford University Press, 173-183, 2000.

     McGee G, Magnus, D.:  Eugenics. Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.

     McGee G: Artificial chromosomes and life extension, In Stock, G, Ed. Engineering the Human Germline: Best Hope or Worst Fear, Program on Medicine Technology and Society, University of California Press, 1999.

     McGee G, Anchor, J., Caplan, A.:  The ethics of oocyte and embryo donation. In Sauer, M. (Ed.) Principles of Oocyte and Egg Donation, Springer-Verlag, 229-240, 1998.

     Light, D.,  McGee G:  On the Social Embeddedness of Bioethics. In DeVries, R., Ed.: Bioethics and Society. New York: Prentice Hall, 1-15, 1998.

     McGee G:  Ethics and the future of genetic testing, in Smith, E., Ed. The Human Genome Project: A Look Back After Five Years. Cambridge University Press, 151-158, 1998.

     McGee G, Merz, J.:  Philosophical issues in the law concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide. Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law, Oxford Univ. Press, 1996.

     McGee G: Whitehead and environmental ethics. In Pappin J., and Hancock, C., Eds. Environmental Rights in Conflict:  Issues in Environmental Ethics. Conway, Arkansas: University of Central Arkansas Press, 1994.

     McGee G:  Consumers, land, and food:  in search of food ethics. in Bonanno, A., Ed. The Agricultural and Food Sector in the New Global Era. Concept Publishing.

Selected Publications