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Rachell Powell

Professor of Philosophy, Boston University; Director, Center for Philosophy and History of Science

Rachell Powell is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boston University and Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science. 

Prior to her appointment at BU, Dr. Powell was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University, and a James Martin Research Fellow at the Institute for Science and Ethics also at Oxford University. Before that she was a Greenwall Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Professor at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

Dr. Powell has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University, and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Society at North Carolina State University.

She has been a Principal Investigator on collaborative and solo grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. From 2011-2016, she was as Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics (British Medical Journal Group), and she is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Philosophy & Technology.


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