Michele Goodwin

Michele Goodwin

Chancellor's Professor and Founding Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine, Socrates Program

Chancellor’s Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin is the founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.  She is the 2022 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award. Dr. Goodwin is also the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California and the 2021-2022 Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center (the organization central to the founding of bioethics). She is an American Law Institute Adviser for the Restatement Third of Torts: Remedies.

Dr. Goodwin is the author of the award-winning book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood.  She is an acclaimed bioethicist, constitutional law scholar, and prolific author. She directed the first ABA accredited health law program in the nation and established the first law center focused on race and bioethics. Her constitutional law scholarship appears in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Chicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review among others. She is the author/editor of six books.

A sought-after public commentator, you may find Dr. Goodwin’s work in print, radio, and television news, including at PoliticoSalon.comForbesThe Washington PostThe New York TimesLos Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeChicago Sun-TimesVox, and Mother Jones.  And appearances on ABC News; NBC News; NPR, and HBO’s Vice News among others.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Goodwin is the Executive Producer of Ms. Studios, host of the popular podcast: On The Issues With Michele Goodwin.