Joseph Ali, JD

Associate Director for Global Programs; Associate Professor


1809 Ashland Avenue
Room: 208
Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Associate Director for Global Programs
    Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Associate Professor, Department of International Health
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Joe Ali’s research and teaching engages a range of challenges in domestic and global health ethics. This includes empirical and normative work in U.S. and international research ethics, and projects that address the implications of emerging global mobile and digital technologies as applied in the context of health research, public health programs, and disease surveillance. He is particularly interested in how values are expressed, represented, prioritized, preserved and influenced in the context of digital technologies.

As core faculty and associate director for global programs at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, he works with colleagues at JHU and other institutions internationally to advance the development of multidisciplinary research, training and service partnerships in bioethics. Ali is committed in his work to collaboratively supporting the capacity of scholars from resource constrained countries and settings to lead bioethics research, teaching and practice on issues of local importance. He has been involved in establishing and operating NIH Fogarty-funded non-degree, master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral programs in bioethics at Johns Hopkins and with partners in Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana and Malaysia. He also co-leads the Wellcome-funded Oxford University-Johns Hopkins University Global Infectious Disease Ethics (GLIDE) Collaborative which supports research and training between the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Oxford Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities to address emerging issues involving ethics and infectious disease.

Ali serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) and previously served on the JHSPH Faculty Senate. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 


Research Interests

  • Ethics and global digital health
  • International bioethics capacity development program evaluation
  • Optimizing informed consent
  • Ethics of international health policy and systems research
  • Ethics/regulatory challenges of pragmatic clinical trial networks


  • Honours BA, University of Toronto (Bioethics & Philosophy)
  • JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Health Law Certificate, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Recent Publications

  1. Ali J, Labrique AB, Gionfriddo K, Pariyo G, Gibson DG, Pratt B, Deutsch-Feldman M, Hyder AA “Ethics Considerations in Global Mobile Phone-Based Surveys of Non-Communicable Diseases: A Conceptual Exploration” J Med Internet Res 2017;19(5):e110. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7326 PMID: 28476723.
  2. Kass N, Ali J, Hallez K, Hyder A. “Bioethics training programmes for Africa: evaluating professional and bioethics-related achievements of African trainees after a decade of Fogarty NIH investment” BMJ Open 2016;6:e012758 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012758 PMCID: PMC5030587
  3. Ali J, Califf R, Sugarman J. Anticipated Ethics and Regulatory Challenges in PCORnet: The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network Accountability in Research 2015 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26192996.
  4. Ali J, Andrews J, Somkin C, Rabinovich CE. Harms, Benefits, and the Nature of Interventions in Pragmatic Clinical Trials Clinical Trials, first published online on September 15, 2015 doi:10.1177/1740774515597686. 
  5. Ali J, Kass N, Sewankambo N, White T, Hyder A. Evaluating International Research Ethics Capacity Development: An Empirical Approach Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2014; 9(2), 41-51.
  6. Aggarwal R, Gupte N, Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Bhan A, Aggarwal A, Sisson SD,
    Kanchanaraksa S, McKenzie-White J, McGready J, Miotti P, Bollinger RC. A
    comparison of online versus on-site training in health research methodology: a
    randomized study. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Jun 17;11:37. PubMed PMID: 21682858; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3141795.