Anna Mastroianni, JD, MPH

Research Professor in Bioethics and Law


1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Anna C. Mastroianni, JD, MPH, joined the Berman Institute in 2022 as Research Professor in Bioethics and Law and Core Faculty. Her scholarly work is widely published and examines complex issues at the intersection of law, bioethics, public health, and health policy, with special emphasis on the legal and ethical challenges arising in research in pregnancy, the use of genetic technologies in public health, reproductive rights, and family building through assisted reproductive technologies. She is executive producer (with Jeffrey Kahn) of the Berman Institute-Pushkin Industries bioethics podcast, playing god? and Co-Investigator of the Berman Institute’s oral history project, Moral Histories: Voices of the Founders of Bioethics.

Professor Mastroianni is Charles I. Stone Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law and until stepping down in 2022 served as associate director of the UW’s Institute for Public Health Genetics and held additional faculty appointments in the UW’s School of Public Health (Health Services) and School of Medicine (Bioethics and Humanities; Pediatrics).

Before joining the full-time faculty at the University of Washington in 1998, she was a practicing attorney and served in a number of legal and governmental policy positions in Washington, D.C. including as Staff Director of the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments and Study Director for the National Academy of Medicine. Professor Mastroianni is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognized for her contributions to health policy, law, and bioethics. She serves on consensus, advisory, and oversight committees, both nationally and internationally.

Professor Mastroianni’s education includes a BA (Spanish and Portuguese), BS (Economics), and JD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH from the University of Washington.

Research Interests

  • Research Regulation and Ethics
  • Research in pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Public Health
  • Reproductive rights
  • Family law
  • Family building through assisted reproductive technologies



  • JD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MPH, University of Washington
  • BA, Spanish and Portuguese
  • BS, Economics