Research is still ongoing from Practical Ethics projects initiated in both 2016 and 2017, with much more scholarship expected to result as work progresses. However, some investigators have already gained attention for their projects.

News Media

Project: Housing Our Story: Toward Archival Justice for Black Baltimore

Feature story, “Whose History? Scholars and Students Attempt to Correct Years of Archival Neglect at Johns Hopkins,” by Emma Pettit, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 8. 2019

  • Jennifer Kingsley, Shani Mott and N.D.B. Connolly, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Project: Unseen: Kalief Browder, Mass Incarceration, and Solitary Confinement

WYPR Interview, “A Composer Takes on Solitary Confinement

  • Judah Adashi, Peabody Institute

Scholarly Publications

Project: Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Distress

Journal of Business Ethics, Moral Ergonomics

  • Lindsay Thompson and Sylvia Long-Tolbert, Carey Business School
  • Cindy Rushton, School of Nursing, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Project: Are We Asking the Right Questions About the Ethics of Autonomous Vehicle Testing?

Injury Prevention,“How Can Public Health Principles Inform the Testing and Deployment of Automated Vehicles?” (invited paper)

  • Johnathan Ehsani, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Tak Igusa, Whiting School of Engineering

Project: Can God Stop the Next Financial Crisis? Prospects for a Consequentialist Ethics of Islamic Financial Engineering

Socio-Economic Review, “How religio-economic projects succeed and fail: the field dynamics of Islamic finance in the Arab Gulf states and Pakistan, 1975–2018”

Sociological Theory, “The halal boom: Market-driven desecularization”

  • Ryan Calder, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Project: Understanding the Ethics and Value of Higher Education: When is Highly Specialized Training “Worth It”?

Academy of Management Learning and Education, “Life Satisfaction from Career Attainment in the Arts: A Question of Value and Meaning” (pending)

  • Eric Helzer, Carey Business School
  • Andrew Talle, Peabody Institute

Project: Ethical Robotics: Implementing Value-Driven Behavior in Autonomous Systems

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Annual Conference,“Moral-Scene Assessment for Intelligent Systems” (invited talk)

  • David Handelman, Ariel Greenberg, and Bruce Swett, Applied Physics Lab
  • Debra Mathews and Travis Rieder, Berman Institute

Other planned or in-progress work includes a manuscript intended for a wide public audience, tentatively called “Impervious: How Americans Learned to Wall Themselves In,” and almost a dozen additional journal articles from a wide range of projects.

New Faculty Hire

The Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering have committed to proceed with the strategic hire of a new faculty member, Dr. Jeff Michael, focused on the issues raised by a Practical Ethics project. Currently a visiting scholar, he will transition in summer 2019 to full-time faculty.

New academic course

The academic course “Practical Ethics for Future Leaders,” has grown in enrollment from 17 students as a pilot to 171 students in 2019, and will continue to be offered every year. To date, more than 400 students from 30 different majors have taken the course.