B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy and Political Science, Columbia University 2009
M.A., Bioethics, New York University Present
Areas of Research/Interest:
Life and death, ethics, ontology, public policy, continental philosophy.
Joanna Smolenski is a first generation Polish-American who was born and raised in Texas (and retains a very Polish-Texan love of both pierogi and barbeque). She moved to New York to attend Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar, where she majored in Philosophy and concentrated in Political Science. Her honors thesis addressed the paradox of fatalism and self-creation in Nietzsche and its implications for Nietzschean exceptionalism. Upon graduation, she moved to Brooklyn and is presently working at NYU Stern’s Undergraduate School of Business while pursuing her studies in Bioethics. In the future, she hopes to continue on to doctoral work in Philosophy.
New York University: Bioethics Departmental Fellowship (2012)
Smolenski, Joanna. ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?: Erzsébet Báthory and the curative power of blood in medieval Europe’, Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, 5(3), Summer 2013.
Smolenski, Joanna. “CRISPR/Cas9 and Germline Modification: New Difficulties in
Obtaining Informed Consent.” The American Journal of Bioethics 15:12 (2015): 35-37. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1103816.
Lanphier, Edward, Fyodor Urnov, Sarah Ehlen Haecker, Michael Werner, and Joanna
Smolenski. “Don’t Edit the Human Germ Line.” Nature 519 (2015): 410-11. Macmillan
Publishers. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.