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Michele B. Goodwin

Michele B. Goodwin is the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Academic Senate. She is UCI’s Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding director of the UCI Law Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its Reproductive Justice Initiative. Her latest book, Policing the Womb: Indivisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, was published by Cambridge University Press in February. She recently launched Ms. magazine’s first podcast, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin.


Moniker: Internationally acclaimed bioethicist and scholar of health policy and constitutional law discourse at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Impact: Her scholarship has forged new ways of thinking about organ transplant policy; assisted reproductive technologies; reproductive health, rights, and justice; and civil liberties. 2020 Hindsight: “Covid-19 has exposed preexisting institutional and infrastructural inequalities in our society. My scholarship, at the intersections of health, bioethics, and constitutional law, identifies those challenges and provides a foundation for understanding how those historical inequalities emerge in medicine, society, and law and what we must do to resolve them.”