Jacob D. Moses, Ph.D.

Historian of Medicine, Public Health, and Biotechnology · STS
Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Health Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Photo of Jacob Moses outside in front of trees and a brick wall. Jacob Moses’s research and teaching centers on the intersection of the history of medicine and public health, bioethics, and science & technology studies (STS). He studies biomedicine, public health, and biotechnology in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular focus on issues of ethics and governance. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics & Health Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

His current book project, Medical Regret without Remorse, traces the history of therapeutic reversals in surgical practice from the mid-20th century to the present. In this research, he seeks to illuminate bureaucratic and affective responses to medical harm and develop a new account of how affect plays a role both among patients, medical professionals, and public health officials in shaping the current regime of biomedicine.

He received his Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University (2020), where he also earned a secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His work has received support from the E. J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the National Science Foundation, and the Science History Institute (formerly Chemical Heritage Foundation).

Before pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked for several years at  The Hastings Center on interdisciplinary bioethics research and public outreach projects ranging from pandemic preparedness to the ethics of synthetic biology.

Recent Publications

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