Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
CEP Associate Director

Danielle M. Wenner

Danielle Wenner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Rice University in 2011, completed a clinical ethics fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at CMU from 2013-2015. She has published in The American Journal of Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and other medical and philosophical venues. Recent research has focused on the ethics and methods of clinical research, with special focus on research conducted in and on low- and middle-income populations, as well as on the impact of inequality and deliberative pathologies on the legitimate functioning of democratic decision-making procedures.

In 2013 Dr. Wenner was appointed as an ethicist to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinical Trials Network Data Safety and Monitoring Board, and in 2014 she joined the Efficacy Trials Working Group of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.

Recent Publications

Wenner, D.M. (2017). “The Social Value of Knowledge and the Responsiveness Requirement for International Research,” Bioethics 31(2): 97-104.

Wenner, D.M. (2017). “The Need for Non-Ideal Theory: A Case Study in Deliberative Democracy,” Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates, M. Weber and K. Vallier, eds. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 203-231.

Wenner, D.M. (2016). "Barriers to Effective Deliberation in Clinical Research Oversight," HEC Forum, 28(3): 245-259.

Wenner, D.M. (2016). "Against Permitted Exploitation in Developing World Research Agreements" Developing World Bioethics, 16(1): 36-44.

Wenner, D.M., A.J. London, and J. Kimmelman. (2015). "Patient-Funded Trials: Opportunity or Liability?" Cell Stem Cell 17(2): 135-137.

Wenner, D.M. (2015). "Diversion Effects, Incentive Effects, and the Goals of Research Ethics Promulgations," Journal of Law and the Biosciences 2(2): 438-444.

Wenner, D.M. (2015). "The Social Value of Knowledge and International Clinical Research," Developing World Bioethics, 15(2): 76-84.

Wenner, D.M. (2012). "Discharging the Duty to Conduct International Clinical Research," American Journal of Bioethics, 12(11): 44-46.

Wenner, D.M., B.A. Brody, A.F. Jarman, J.K. Kolman, N.P. Wray, C.M. Ashton. (2012). "Do Surgical Trials Meet the Scientific Standards for Clinical Trials?" Journal of the American College of Surgeons 215(5): 722-730.

Jarman, A.F., N.P. Wray, D.M. Wenner, C.M. Ashton. (2012) "Trials and Tribulations: The Professional Development of Surgical Trialists," American Journal of Surgery 204(3): 339-346.