Benjamin G Gregg

Benjamin G Gregg

  • Professor (Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts)

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Benjamin Gregg

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B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Princeton University; D. Phil., Freie Universität Berlin

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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9510-6147

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Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

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2023 Visiting Researcher, Centre for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Appointed International Lecturer (Bioethics) in the Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia

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2022 Visiting Researcher, Centre for Biomedical Ethics

National University of Singapore

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2021-2022 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law

University of Lund, Sweden

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Editorial Board, Politics and the Life Sciences

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Publications: Over 60 sole-authored articles and 5 five books: The Human Rights State (2016); Human Rights as Social Construction (2012) [translation 作为社会建构的人权 in 2020 by 中国人民大学出版社]; Thick Moralities, Thin Politics (2003); and Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms (2003). Cambridge University Press published his newest book, Constructing Human Nature: The Political Challenges of Genetic Engineering, last October. His work has been translated into German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.

 

Teaching: Teaches social and political theory, including political bioethics and political AI-studies, informed by philosophy and sociology, at the University of Texas at Austin as well as occasionally in Germany (Frankfurt/O.), Austria (Linz and Innsbruck), Sweden (Lund), Japan (Tokyo and Hokkaido), China (Beijing), and Brazil (Goiãnia). The College of Liberal Arts Committees on Research and Teaching awarded him the Silver Spurs Fellowship in recognition of outstanding scholarship and teaching. He has conducted graduate master classes at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, at the University of Hokkaido in Japan, and at the University of Glasgow in the UK.

 

Research: Current research agenda proceeds along several tracks that intersect at points: political bioethics; political challenges of artificial intelligence; and human rights as social science, not theology or metaphysics.

 

Three book-manuscripts in progress:

 

21st-Century Indigenisms: Corporations, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence

 

Bioethics for Indigenous Peoples in India

 

Artificial Intelligence Independent of Social Responsibility

 

Grants: Has received grants, in 2024, for research on reception of Darwin’s theory of evolution in Southeast Asia and North Africa; in 2023, for establishing university-to-university-level collaboration with the Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; in 2023-25, from the National Science Foundation, for collaboration with laboratory scientists, on ethical issues of the new technology and how they may be addressed through new design features: “Building a Cell from Scratch: Design and Ethics”; in 2021/2022, as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law at Lund University, Sweden; in 2022, as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore: “Might the Bioethical Principle of Individual Decisional Autonomy Have a Politically Liberalizing Effect on Soft Authoritarian Communities?”; in 2019, as a visiting researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen: “Beyond Due Diligence: The Human Rights Corporation”; in 2018, as a visiting researcher at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and at the Ethox Centre, both University of Oxford: “Creating Human Nature: The Political Challenges of Genetic Engineering.” 

 

Courses for Spring 2024

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Professional Activities

2024

March 7, 2024

“Governance and Regulation in the Construction of Synthetic Cells: Bioethical Challenges”

Guangming Science City, Shenzhen, China

Synthetic Cell Global Summit: Building a Synthetic Cell Together

February 23, 2024

"The Governance Potential of the Human Genome as a Knowledge Commons (Unleashed through Mutual-Benefit Participatory Democracy)"

King’s College London, UK

Invited Lecture. International Workshop on Governing Corporate Knowledge Commons, published by Cambridge University Press.

2023

November 23, 2023

"A Right to Privacy versus a Right to Health"

Health Law and Genetics, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, China

Invited Lecture

November 16, 2023

“Bioethical Aspects of in vitro Fertilization”

Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Keynote Lecture, Third Makassar Obstetrics and Gynecology Update