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Yashar Saghai

Research Scholar & Associate Faculty

Yashar Saghai, MA, PhD, is currently a research scholar and associate faculty at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Principal Investigator on the “Ethics, Politics, Knowledge and Our Planet’s Food Futures.” Project (in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research, in the Netherlands) and the Director of the Global Food Ethics Project.

He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and several graduate degrees in Philosophy and Medical Ethics from the University of Paris in my native city. His research is often transdisciplinary and collaborative.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy, with a Focus on Food, Health, Environment, AI
  • Philosophy of Futures Studies (or Foresight) and its Practice (Disciplined Exploration of Alternative Futures Through Scenario Construction, Modeling, Delphi, etc.)

Areas of Competence:

  • History of Bioethics
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Race and Discrimination
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Theory of Historiography

He is the co-organizer of the Grappling with the Futures: Insights from Philosophy, History, and Science, Technology and Society Symposium ((Boston, April 29-30, 2018)

Personal website: yasharsaghai.com

Selected Publications

Saghai, Yashar, Michiel van Dijk, Tomas Morley and Marie-Luise Rau. In Press. “Questioning long-term global food futures studies: A systematic, empirical, and normative approach.” In Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, edited by Herwig Grimm and Svenja Springer. Wagenignen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Published Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Saghai, Yashar. 2018. “Theorizing justice in health research contexts.” In Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research, edited by J. Kahn, A. Mastroianni, and J. Sugarman. Second edition, pp. 187-207. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

Lipton, Michael, and Y. Saghai. 2017. “Farmland-access ethics, land reform, and food ethics.” Global Food Security 12: 59-66.

Aloosh, M, and Y. Saghai. 2016. “Birth control policies in Iran: A public health and ethics perspective.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 70: 529–533. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-205572.

Global Food Ethics Project. May 2015. 7 by 5 Agenda for Ethics and Global Food Security: 7 Projects to Make Progress on Ethics and Global Food Security in 5 Years. Project Report. Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD.

Whicher, D., N. Kass, Y. Saghai, R. Faden, S. Tunis, and P. Pronovost. 2015.
The views of quality improvement professionals and comparative effectiveness researchers on ethics, IRBs, and oversight.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Online February 23, 2015. DOI:10.1177/1556264615571558.

Saghai, Y. 2014. “Radically questioning the principle of the least restrictive alternative:
A reply to Nir Eyal.” International Journal of Health Policy and Management 3(6): 349-350. Doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2014.106.

Saghai, Y. 2013. “The concept of nudge and its moral significance: A reply to Ashcroft, Bovens, Dworkin, Welch, and Wertheimer.” Journal of Medical Ethics 39(8): 499-501. Doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-101112.

Saghai, Y. 2013. “Salvaging the concept of nudge.” Journal of Medical Ethics 39(8):  487-493. Doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100727.

Powers, M., R. Faden, and Y. Saghai. 2012. “Liberty, Mill, and the framework of public health ethics.” Public Health Ethics 5 (1): 6-15. DOI:10.1093/phe/phs002.

Beauchamp, T., and Y. Saghai. 2012. “The historical foundations of the research-practice  distinction in bioethics.” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 33 (1): 45–56. DOI 10.1007/s11017-011-9207-8.