Ethics Fellows

PhD students in the CUNY Philosophy Program are eligible to serve as Ethics Fellows at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). To qualify for a Fellowship, these graduate students complete one or more of the bioethics courses offered on the ISMMS campus, and they typically have some teaching experience. As Ethics Fellows, they receive training and mentorship in bioethics and bioethics education. Their responsibilities involve co-leading ethics session for the ISMMS medical students and serving as faculty for the medical students’ ethics competency assessment exercises.

Ryan Felder is a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previously, he studied philosophy earning a BA from Rutgers University and MA from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Ryan’s bioethics research primarily concerns questions about informed consent in medical research and the implications of genetic engineering technologies. He is also engaged in research in theoretical and conceptual issues in ethics. Ryan currently teaches philosophy at Lehman College, City University of New York. He has been an Ethics Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2017. Learn more about Ryan's work here.

Michael Greer is a PhD candidate in the philosophy program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She studied English Literature and Philosophy at Cardiff University, from which she earned a first class honours BA Michael subsequently studied philosophy at the University of Sheffield, and earned a distinction for her MA in 2017. Michael is interested in how moral philosophy to everyday concerns, and her research encompasses theory and methodology from bioethics, philosophy of sex, and feminist philosophy. Michael also teaches philosophy at Brooklyn college, CUNY.

Julia Kolak is PhD Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center in Philosophy. Her main area of interest is philosophy of psychiatry. In particular, she is interested in the metaphysical and epistemological issues pertaining to nosology, etiology, and diagnosis, as well as their normative implications for psychiatric patients. She is also interested in the philosophy of medicine more broadly, and the debates surrounding health and disease classifications in allopathic medicine. Julia is a graduate teaching fellow at City College and Baruch where she has taught Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Psychology, and Philosophy of Literature among other courses. She is the Co-Organizer of the Yale-Oxford Bioxphi Summit and a strong supporter of empirical bioethics. 

Jenny Clark Schiff is currently a second year Ph.D. student in Philosophy at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Her research interests are in ethics, bioethics, logic, history of logic, and possible intersections between ethics and logic. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College in 2012. As an undergraduate, she received a full scholarship to participate in the Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology. In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright research grant to study Philosophy and Education in Italy through affiliations with the University of Naples Federico II and the University of Padua. In this context, she researched how Philosophy is taught in Italian primary and secondary schools, the Philosophy for Children/Community movement in Italy, the role and value of Philosophy in the Italian educational system, and possible applications to the American educational system. She lived in Naples for two years during this time. She also received an M.A. in Italian from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University in 2017 and an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College of Columbia University in 2018. She currently teaches Philosophy at The City College of New York. She has also taught and assisted in teaching ethics and logic courses to middle and high school students, including at her alma mater, Horace Mann School. Her most recent work offers readers a formalization of the arguments in Dante's early poem Le dolci rime (circa 1293-1294) into symbolic logic. It is featured on Columbia University's Digital Dante. She is currently exploring creative and innovative ways to facilitate philosophical dialogues with her students using various remote learning platforms.

Joanna Smolenski is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and previously pursued graduate study in Bioethics from New York University. Her research focuses on applied ethics (especially bioethics), moral psychology, and social and political philosophy. Joanna is particularly interested in questions at the intersection of ethics and emerging technologies, with a focus on informed consent. She has published on the ethics of editing the human germline in Nature and the American Journal of Bioethics. Joanna's most recent article addressing questions of informed consent in non-human germline genetic modification appeared in the January 2019 issue of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. She also served as managing editor for the Journal of Critical Care, the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and the Society for Complex Acute Illness. Learn more about Joanna and her research here.