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Elizabeth Lanphier PhD

Elizabeth Lanphier PhD MS 

Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati 

Ethics Center Faculty, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 

Research Fellow, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy


Elizabeth Lanphier is a faculty member in the Ethics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliated faculty member in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Lanphier earned an MS in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and a PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in social and political philosophy, feminist ethics, and medical ethics. She completed a postdoctoral clinical ethics fellowship with the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Previously, she worked for nearly a decade in non-governmental organizations supporting global health and humanitarian aid programs, and during her doctoral work she spent five years volunteering with the REACH Coalition (Reciprocal Education and Community Healing) on Tennessee’s death row, experiences that inform and shape her research and policy interests. 


Dr. Lanphier’s scholarship is broadly organized around themes of shared and collective responsibility, especially for health care access and rights. She also works on concepts of complicity and consent, and topics within pediatric and adolescent health ethics, reproductive justice, mass incarceration and health, clinical ethics consultation, and trauma informed care.



Lanphier, Elizabeth and Shannon Fyfe. “Is it Ethical to Prohibit Off-Label Covid-19 Vaccination in Kids?” Hastings Bioethics Forum. November 9, 2021.


Lanphier, Elizabeth. Parents, Covid, and Trauma-Informed Choices. Hastings Bioethics Forum. August 17, 2021. 

Lanphier, Elizabeth. “With abortion headed back to the Supreme Court, is it time to retire the “my body, my choice” slogan?The Conversation. August 4, 2021. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “My Body, Whose Choice?Ms. Magazine. August 3, 2021. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Vaccine Guilt and Moral Emotions.Los Angeles Review of Books Philosophical Salon. May 17, 2021. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Should We Enroll Our Child in a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial?Hastings Bioethics Forum. May 3, 2021. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Vaccine guilt is a good thing… just don’t let it stop you from getting a shot.The Conversation. April 7, 2021.


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Ohio’s Vaccine Allocation Plan Used in Include Incarcerated People. Now It Doesn’t.Cincinnati Enquirer. March 25, 2021. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Prisoners, at Great Risk, Should Get Vaccine EarlyColumbus Dispatch. December 21, 2020. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Where No Lives Matter.Los Angeles Review of Books Philosophical Salon. August 3, 2020. 





Lanphier, Elizabeth and Shannon Fyfe. “Pediatric Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines: Ethical and Legal Considerations.” Hastings Center Report 51.6 (2021).

Lanphier, Elizabeth and Uchenna E. Anani. “Trauma Informed Ethics Consultation.” American Journal of Bioethics Online First (2021). 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Narrative and Medicine: Premises, Practices, Pragmatism.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 64.2 (2021): 211-234. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “A Problem of Self-Ownership for Reproductive Justice.” Cambridge Quarterly Healthcare Ethics 30.2 (2021): 312-327. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “An Institutional Ethic of Care” in Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World edited by Elizabeth Victor & Laura Guidry-Grimes. (Cham: Springer, 2021): 169-193. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth, Takunda Matose, and Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman. “(Re)Imagining (Re)Habilitation: An Argument from Death Row.” Public Philosophy Journal 2.2 (2020): Online. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Ethical Home: Making, Remaking, and Unmaking Moral Community.” Social Philosophy Today 36.1 (2020): 105-124. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “’How is the Truth to be Said?’ Abortion Narratives in Feminist Activism, Politics, and Philosophy.” Rejoinder 5 (2020): Online. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Ageing and Aesthetic Responsibility” in Ageing in an Ageing Society, edited by Monique Lanoix & Iva Apostolova. (Sheffield: Equinox Press, 2019): 99-124. 


Lanphier, Elizabeth. “Humanitarianism: Neutrality, Impartiality and Humanity” in Cambridge Handbook on Just War, edited by Larry May. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 273-290.

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