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Bruce Jennings is an adjunct associate professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and a senior fellow at the Center for Humans & Nature. At the nonprofit research center, he studies environmental ethics and policy, where he engages in research, writing, public speaking, and consulting. Mr. Jennings’ current roles also include: senior adviser at The Hastings Center, editor-in-chief of “Bioethics,” director of bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine, and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. In addition, he is the editor of Minding Nature, the Center for Humans & Nature’s online journal.

Mr. Jennings is active in ethics consultation and community service, serving as the chair of the bioethics advisory committee of the March of Dimes. In the past, he was a member and chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has been a member of the boards of directors of numerous professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. His membership affiliations include the Yale Westchester Alumni Association, the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, APSA, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, and the Yale Club of New York City.

Mr. Jennings has amassed over 40 years of experience in research and academia. He studied political science with Yale University and Princeton University, earning a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, and a Master of Arts, respectively. He got his start as an assistant instructor at Princeton in 1973. After teaching for five years on the faculty of Richard Stockton College, Mr. Jennings joined the staff of The Hastings Center in 1980 and broadened his career in the interdisciplinary field of bioethics over the next few decades. Mr. Jennings has written and edited 27 books and published roughly 200 articles on bioethics and public policy issues. Through his work, he has attempted to bridge the fields of biomedical ethics, environmental ethics and public health ethics.

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