Emily Herrington is a PhD oral historian and professor of communication and an MA bioethicist with 10 years’ experience as a science writer and content editor. My research areas of focus include rhetoric of science (biomedicine and evolutionary biology), disability studies, science studies, and communication ethics. At the college level I teach public speaking, science writing, bioethics/medical humanities, and communication ethics with heuristic backing from classical rhetoric, STS, and scientific aesthetics.
My dissertation, Conceptions of “Success”: The Ethics and Rhetoric of Hand Transplantation, explores how recipients of experimental hand transplants and their loved ones talk about their quality of life post-surgery, and how grounded insights from hand transplant patients compare to the outcomes assessments given by medical caregivers and doctor-researchers (available online at Pitt D-scholarship: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/36943/).
As Program Coordinator for the newly created "Research, Ethics, and Society Initiative" (RESI) at University of Pittsburgh, I am working with Pitt's Bioethics center to develop academic content and services for research ethics at Pitt that are cross-disciplinary, invitational, and productive in terms of illuminating potential ethical challenges and pitfalls for enhanced research design.
Informing my doctoral studies in communication and bioethics at Pitt are 10 years' experience as a science writer and content editor. I have a BA in English literature and writing (poetry) from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and an MS in science writing from MIT.
The "read" page contains multiple links to my academic work and some select science writing (interviews and essays). Or check out my most recent editorial and curatorial project in which my colleague Jess Benham and I served as guest editors for a special issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics on reconstructive transplantation ethics: