Diane B. Paul, PhD
Professor Diane B. Paul was a visiting scholar in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health for the academic year 2006-2007. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Associate in Zoology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Most recently she has been Visiting Professor in Community Genetics at the Vrige University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. Her research interests include the histories of eugenics and the nature-nurture debate and policy issues in genetic testing. During her term with the Program in Ethics and Health, she worked on a project titled “A Policy-Oriented History of Newborn Screening for PKU” for which she received a two-year award from the National Institutes of Health. The PKU Paradox, a book based on this research, has recently been published. Current projects include studies of the histories of eugenics in New Zealand, attitudes toward consanguineous marriage, and informed consent in newborn screening, and an analysis of how we think, have come to think, and should think about rare disorders.