Anita L. Allen

Anita L. Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy and vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert on privacy law, bioethics and contemporary values, and she is recognized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights and race relations.

In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her books include “Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?”; “Privacy Law and Society”; “The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st-Century Moral Landscape”; “Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability”; and “Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society.” She co-edited (with Milton C. Regan) “Debating Democracy’s Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law and Public Philosophy.”

She has written more than 100 scholarly articles, has contributed to popular magazines and blogs, and has frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs.

She has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards, as well as on the boards of local and national nonprofits and professional associations, including the Hastings Center, EPIC (from which she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for her contributions to privacy scholarship) and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

She received a JD from Harvard Law School and earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan.