Research & Publications
Dr. Bothwell is an ethicist and historian of public health. Her research examines social, historical, and ethical dimensions of epidemiology with a particular focus on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Her current book project examines how international and national policies have influenced trial rigor and ethics, protections of vulnerable trial subjects, and participant diversity in RCTs. She also does work at the intersection of climate change, epidemiology, and ethics.
She completed a PhD in the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has also had visiting appointments at Oxford University, Foundation Brocher, the Karolinska Institutet, and National Taiwan University. She teaches public health ethics and the history of public health, and provides pre-departure ethics training in global health practice. She holds a secondary appointment in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.
Education & Training
- Postdoctoral FellowHarvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2016)
- PhDColumbia University, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine, Department of Sociomedical Sciences (2014)
- MPhilColumbia University, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine, Department of Sociomedical Sciences (2011)
- MAUnion Theological Seminary, Concentration in History of Science and Religion (2006)
- BACollege of St. Scholastica, History (2004)