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Harold Braswell, Ph.D.

Director of undergraduate minor; coordinator of potential undergraduate major; Bicentennial Fellow; assistant professor of health care ethics; assistant professor of public health
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


  • Ph.D. in culture, science and history from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University
  • Certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies
  • B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from Columbia University

Research Interests

Bioethics; medical anthropology; history of medicine, disability studies; medical humanities.

In 2016, Braswell was named a Bicentennial Fellow to carry out research on a project titled "Hospice and Housing Discrimination: Race and Freedom at the End-of-Life."

Publications and Media Placements

"Putting the 'Right to Die' in its Place: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Disability Rights in the Context of US End-of-Life Care" has been accepted by the peer-reviewed journal Studies in Law, Politics, and Society for a special issue on disability rights.

Currently finishing the book, A Dying Family: U.S. Hospice Care and the Crisis of Freedom at the End-of-Life, under contract at Johns Hopkins University Press.

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Braswell, Harold, and Howard I. Kushner. "Suicide, Social Integration, and Masculinity in the U.S. Military." Social Science and Medicine, 74.4 (2012): 530-36.
  • Braswell, Harold. “Neuropsychoanalytic Bioethics.” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 3.3 (2012): 3-6.
  • Braswell, Harold. "Can there be a Disability Studies Theory of 'End-of-Life Autonomy?'" Disability Studies Quarterly, 31.4 (2011). Braswell, Harold. “In Search of a Wide-Angle Lens.” Hastings Center Report, 41.3 (May-June 2011): 19-21.
  • Braswell, Harold. "Taking Representation Seriously: Rethinking Bioethics through Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby." Journal of Medical Humanities, 32. 2 (2011): 77-87.

Articles in Books

  • Braswell, Harold. "Euthanasia." Keywords in Disability, New York: NYU Press (forthcoming).

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Society for Disability Studies

Community Work and Service

  • Chair, subcommittee on Poetry and Visual Arts, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2013
  • Judge, Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, 2012
  • Organizer, “Female Genital Cutting: Reframing the Debate,” presentation by Fuambai and Sunju Ahmadu, Emory University, April 2012
  • Founder and chair, working group for Family Members of Persons with Disabilities, Society for Disability Studies, 2012
  • Organizer, Graduate Student and Faculty Workgroup on the History of Medicine, Emory University, September 2008-May 2009
  • Co-Organizer, 2008 Psychoanalytic Studies Colloquium with Doctor Mark Epstein, Emory University, November 2008