Nita A. Farahany is a Professor of Law and Philosophy and a Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University. Her research focuses on the legal, philosophical, and social issues arising from developments in the biosciences, particularly behavioral genetics and neuroscience. She is currently examining how emerging scientific developments in these fields inform societal norms about privacy and individual liberty.
She has presented her work on bioethics, neuroethics, criminal law, and behavioral health law and policy to wide-ranging audiences including the Second and Ninth Circuit Judicial Conferences, the National Judicial College, the Global Women’s Forum, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. Dr. Farahany is a member of the New York Bar and is on the Board of the International Society for Neuroethics.
Before joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Farahany taught at Vanderbilt University and at Stanford Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in genetics, cell and developmental biology, and from Harvard University with an A.L.M. in biology. She earned her J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Biology and Jurisprudence at Duke University.