Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at UNC Charlotte. Receiving her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University in 1978, she has come to be internationally known for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics. Dr. Tong has authored and co-edited thirteen books, including Ethics in Policy Analysis (1985), Controlling our Reproductive Destiny: A Technological and Philosophical Perspective (1994), Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (1996), Linking Visions: Feminist Bioethics, Human Rights, and the Developing World with Ann Donchin and Sue Dodds (2004), New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Crosscultural Approach (2007) and Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2008 3rd edition). She has also published over one hundred articles on topics related to feminist theory, reproductive and genetic technology, biomedical research, global bioethics, aging, and healthcare reform.
Since coming to UNC Charlotte, Dr. Tong has greatly expanded the University’s role and visibility in promoting the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. Her efforts have brought many noted academics as well as civic and professional leaders to UNC Charlotte as participants in various speakers’ series, workshops, and seminars. A sought-after speaker, she regularly delivers addresses for leading institutions and organizations internationally as well as nationally. Her most recent speaking engagement was in Beijing and Croatia. Dr. Tong is the immediate past Chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women, Chair of the Institutional Review Board’s Conflict of Interest Committee at Chesapeake Research, Inc., and was Co-chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s taskforce on Pandemic Influenza in 2006-2007. She is an executive board member of the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the U.S. Women’s Bioethics Project, the Executive Forum of Charlotte, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Currently, Dr. Tong’s research is focused on ethical issues in long-term care, cognitive enhancement and genetics.
Ph.D. Philosophy, Temple University, 1978.