PittEmily Herrington is a PhD communication scholar and an MA bioethicist with focus areas in rhetoric of science, disability studies, science studies, communication ethics, and oral history.
Emily's dissertation, Conceptions of “Success”: The Ethics and Rhetoric of Hand Transplantation, explores how recipients of experimental hand transplants (HTX) and their loved ones have characterized their quality of life post-surgery, and how grounded insights from HTX patients compare to the the outcomes assessments of HTX doctor-researchers (available online at Pitt D-scholarship: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/36943/).
As Program Coordinator for the newly created "Science, Ethics, and Society Initiative" at University of Pittsburgh, Emily is working with the Bioethics center to develop academic content and services for research ethics at Pitt that are interdisciplinary, invitational, and person-oriented in approach.
Informing Emily's doctoral studies in rhetoric of science and bioethics at Pitt are 10 years' experience as a science writer and academic editor. Prior to her PhD in communication, Emily studied English literature and writing (poetry) at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and science writing at MIT.
Read Emily's recently published papers in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics theme issue on reconstructive transplantation ethics, for which Emily and colleague Jess Benham served as guest editors: https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/sites/journalofethics.ama-assn.org/files/2019-10/joe-1911_3.pdf