Bruce Jennings

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Title: Associate Professor
Company: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee, United States

Bruce Jennings, Associate Professor at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science and public policy.

Amassing nearly 50 years of professional experience, Mr. Jennings is a prominent and influential educator of political science whose dedication to his industry is unmatched. Serving as an associate professor at Vanderbilt University since 2015, he has also held multiple other roles throughout recent years, including as a senior fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature since 2015, a lecturer at Weill Cornell Medicine with Cornell University since 2010, a senior advisor with The Hastings Center since 2006, a director of bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature since 2006, and a lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine since 1995.

Prior to these illustrious roles, Mr. Jennings served The Hastings Center in several other capacities, including as a fellow in 2007, senior research scholar from 1999 to 2006, executive vice president from 1996 to 1999, executive director from 1991 to 1006, associate for policy studies from 1983 to 1991, and a research associate from 1980 to 1983. Other prestigious roles include a senior lecturer at New York Medical College from 2010 to 2015, Andrew B. Weiss visiting fellow at Williams College in 1987, assistant professor of political science and philosophy at Stockton University from 1975 to 1980, assistant instructor in the department of political science at Princeton University from 1973 to 1974, and a university fellow at Princeton University from 1971 to 1975.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Jennings has held numerous appointments with various medical facilities and academic institutions. A member of the research group for the Rethinking Dependency Project at Montefiore Medical Center since 2004, he has also been on the education committee for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America since 2004 and involved with genetic counseling and health advocacy programs at Sarah Lawrence College since 2004. An expert on the advisory panel on health care priorities with the American Medical Association since 1999, he has been on the steering committee of the Partnership to Improve End of Life Care since 1998, the standards committee of the Last Acts Campaign with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 1996, on the ethics committee of Sound Shore Medical Center since 1996, on the ethics committee of Weill Cornell Medicine since 1989, on the hospital ethics committee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1989, and as treasurer and on the board of directors of American Health Decisions since 1988. Equally passionate about his community, Mr. Jennings has been on the ethics advisory board of the March of Dimes Foundation since 1995 and has been an advisor of the Josephson Institute since 1990.

A prolific author, Mr. Jennings has served as an author and co-author of numerous books throughout his career. Currently the editor-in-chief of “Bioethics: Fourth Edition” since 2011, he is also the advisory editor of the Journal of Health Politics and Law since 2002 and the Hastings Center Report since 1997. He has contributed more than 190 articles to professional journals and chapters to books. Mr. Jennings is currently writing three new books. First, “The Ordeal of Solidarity: On the Growth of Moral Awareness and Mutuality in the Face of Injustice” is a study of the philosophical underpinnings of social solidarity and efforts to recognize relationships. Second, “What is After Us? Mending and Ending Nature in the Age of Biopower” is a study of and ethical issues in the use of biotechnology. Third, “Civic Health: The Political Theory of Public Health” is a study that develops a political theory for public health policy and practice. His books can be found on

In an effort to remain aware of recent developments within the industry, Mr. Jennings maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the Yale Westchester Alumni Association, where he has been serving as president since 2007, and the ethics advisory committee of the Chicago chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a role he has fulfilled since 1993. Likewise, he is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Association of Bioethics and the Humanities, the American Public Health Association, the American Political Science Association, and the International Association of Bioethics.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Mr. Jennings has accrued several accolades. The winner of the Mary Ann Quaranta Award for Palliative Care in 2014, he also won the Community Service Award from the Yale Westchester Alumni Association in 2005 and the Special Recognition Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 2004. The recipient of a Leadership Award from the Prudential Foundation in 1987, he previously received the P.S. Bennet Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis from Yale University in 1971. Likewise, he was a Jack M. Griffin Memorial Scholar and an International Merit Scholar.

Married to Margaret Ann Jennings since 1972, Mr. Jennings is the proud father of one son, Andrew. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, bicycling, reading poetry, and attending book clubs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University and a Master of Arts in political science from Princeton University. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East.

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