Travis N. Rieder

Travis Rieder, PhD, is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives at the Berman Institute, and the Program Director for the Master of Bioethics degree program.  Within the program, he teaches “Moral Theory for Bioethics,” “Topics in Bioethics,” and the “Thesis Seminar” workshop.

Travis’ research interests tend to center on issues in procreative ethics and climate change ethics, with a particular focus on the intersection of the two – that is, on the question of responsible procreation in the era of climate change.  His publications have appeared in several journals on this topic, as well as in a short book with Springer, entitled Toward a Small Family Ethic (2016).  More recently, however, Travis has developed an interest in moral and philosophical issues surrounding trauma and prescription opioid use, and has begun writing in this area as well.  You can find more information on all of his publications here.

In addition to his more scholarly writing, Travis is firmly committed to doing bioethics with the public, and to that end writes and interviews regularly for the popular media; his work has appeared in Wired, NPR, and The Adaptors Podcast, as well as other venues.  He also blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post and the Berman Institute Bioethics Bulletin.