Laurie Zoloth-Dorfman, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Jewish Studies Program
San Francisco State University
Berkeley,California
United StatesLaurie Zoloth is Associate Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, and is the next President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She currently serves The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities as a member of the National Board of Directors, a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of the Profession. She is also the co-founder of The Ethics Practice, a group that has provided bioethics consultation and education services to health care providers and health care systems nationally, including the Kaiser Permanente System, five Bay Area medical centers, regional long-term care networks, and NASA.

She received her BA in Womenís Studies and History from the University of California at Berkeley, her BSN from the University of the State of New York, her MA in English from San Francisco State University, her MA in Jewish Studies and her Ph.D. in Social Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Dr. Zoloth has worked as a LVN and then a staff RN for 20 years in the fields of obstetrics and neonatal intensive care. She has taught, done research and published extensively in the areas of ethics, family, feminist theory, Jewish Studies and social policy in The Journal of Clinical Ethics, Theoretical Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, HEC Forum, Medical Humanities Review, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Tikkun Magazine, and has authored chapters in 18 books. Her book The Ethics of Encounter, on justice, health policy, the Oregon health care reforms, and the ethics of community was published in the fall of 1999: She is also co-editor of three other books, Notes From a Narrow Ridge: Religion and Bioethics, with Dena Davis;Riding on Faith: Religion, Popular Culture and the World of Disney, with Simon Harak, and Margin of Error: the Necessity, Inevitability and Ethics of Mistakes in Medicine and Bioethics Consultation, with Susan Rubin.

Her current research projects include work on the ethics of ordinary life, and the emerging issues in medical and research genetics, and in 1999 she was invited to give testimony to NBAC on Jewish philosophy and stem cell research. She is on the national advisory boards of the American Association of the Advancement of Scienceís Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion; The Robert Wood Johnsonís Project on Excellence at the End of Life; the Ethics Section of the American Academy of Religion; the Western Jewish Studies Association, and the Geron Ethics Advisory Board; The Louis Finklestein Institute for Jewish Social Ethics; The Park Ridge Centerís Project on Judaism and Bioethics, and the editorial boards of Shofar: A Journal of Jewish Studies; The Journal of Clinical Ethics; and Second Opinion. She is a member of the Academic Senate of SFSU, and has received University Recognition Awards for Excellence in Teaching, (1997,) in Research (1998,) and in Community Service (1997.)