Emily 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/)
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.
Currently Emily is serving as a Public Humanities Fellow at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate museum in Pittsburgh, PA, researching the history of medical innovation in western Pennsylvania under the supervision of Chief Historian and Curatorial Division Director Anne Madarasz.
Read Emily's recently published paper (with Lisa S. Parker), "Narrative Methods for Assessing Quality of Life in Hand Transplantation: Five case studies with bioethical commentary”: