Elizabeth Lanphier

Elizabeth Lanphier , PhD,MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical-Affiliate

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Professional Summary

Elizabeth Lanphier is a faculty member in the Ethics Center and in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine and a Research Assistant Professor in the UC Department of Philosophy. Elizabeth is also affiliated faculty in the UC Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department and Center for Public Engagement With Science as well as a non-resident Fellow at the George Mason Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

In addition to her published scholarship in peer reviewed journals and book volumes, Elizabeth has written for a variety of outlets including the Hastings Bioethics Forum and Ms. Magazine. Her research has also been featured in "The ethical questions raised by COVID-19 vaccines: 5 essential reads" in The Conversation, "What is Trauma Informed Care?" in Health, and "We're All Second Guessing Ourselves" in The Atlantic and she was quoted in TIME Magazine for the article "How Do You Even Calculate Covid-19 Risk Anymore?"

Elizabeth currently co-chairs the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Affinity Group, is a member of the Committee on Inclusion and Accessibility for the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and is an elected Board Member of the Bioethics Network of Ohio for 2021-2024. 


Master's Degree: Columbia University New York, NY, 2013 (Narrative Medicine)

Doctoral Degree: Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, 2019 (Philosophy)

Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN , 2020 (Clinical Ethics)

Research and Practice Interests

Clinical Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Ethics, Shared and Collective Responsibility, Rights Theory, Consent, Complicity, Trauma Informed Care, Humanitarianism


Peer Reviewed Publications

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Harris, Kelly W (2020. ) The Strawman at the Pox Party.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 20 (9 ) ,73-75 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2020. ) The Moral Weight of Preferences: Death, Sex, and Dementia.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 20 (8 ) ,76-78 More Information

Matose, Takunda; Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Rights Don't Stand Alone: Responsibility for Rights in a Pandemic.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 20 (7 ) ,169-172 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Anani, Uchenna (2019. ) Narrative Ethics and Intersectionality.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 19 (2 ) ,29-31 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2016. ) The Internet as Spectator Disclosure: Consent, Community and Responsibility in Patricia Lockwood’s Viral Poem ‘Rape Joke’ .American Studies Journal, , 61 ,

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Mckiernan, Amy (2020. ) Thinking About Thought Experiments in Ethics .Teaching Ethics, , 19 (1 ) ,17-34 More Information

Elizabeth Lanphier, Takunda Matose, Abu Ali Abdur'Rahman (2020. ) (Re)Imagining (Re)Habilitation An Argument from Death Row.Public Philosophy Journal, , 2 (2 ) ,

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Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) “How is the Truth to be Said?” Abortion Narratives in Feminist Activism, Politics, and Philosophy .Rejoinder, , 5 ,

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Ethical Home: Making, Remaking, and Unmaking Moral Community.Social Philosphy Today, , 36 (1 ) ,105-124 More Information

Fyfe, Shannon; Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Why Ethical Sex Demands (the Category of) Nonconsensual Sex.Southwest Philosophical Review , , 36 (1 ) ,135-143 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Anani, Uchenna E (2021. ) Trauma Informed Ethics Consultation.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 1-13 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) A Problem of Self-Ownership for Reproductive Justice.Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees, , 30 (2 ) ,312-327 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Aporia of the Gift: Precision Medicine's Obligations Without Expectations.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 21 (4 ) ,83-85 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Physician outreach during a pandemic: shared or collective responsibility?.Journal of medical ethics, , More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Mosley, Luke; Antommaria, Armand H Matheny (2021. ) Assessing Visitor Policy Exemption Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic.Pediatrics, , More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Trust, Transparency, and Trauma Informed Care.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 21 (5 ) ,38-40 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Narrative and Medicine: Premises, Practices, Pragmatism.Perspectives in biology and medicine, , 64 (2 ) ,211-234 More Information

Anani, Uchenna; Lanphier, Elizabeth; Feltman, Dalia (2021. ) Trading Cultural Competency for Trauma Informed Care.The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, , 21 (9 ) ,13-16 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Breaking Down Communication: Narrative Medicine and its Discontents.Social Philosophy Today, , 37 , More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2021. ) Age-not sex or gender-makes the case of Ellie Anderson Complex.Journal of medical ethics, , More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Friends and Citizens in Plato’s Crito: A Revisionary Relational Reading.Philosophy in the Contemporary World, , 27 (1 ) ,44-67 More Information

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2021. ) Pediatric Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines: Ethical and Legal Considerations.The Hastings Center report, , More Information

Book Chapter

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2019 ) Witnessing Illness: Phenomenology of Photographic Self Portraiture Bodies and Transitions in the Health Humanities .(pp. 132-142).New York, Routledge

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2018 ) Humanitarianism: Neutrality, Impartiality and Humanity Cambridge Handbook on Just War .(pp. 273-290).New York, Cambridge University Press

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2019 ) Ageing and Aesthetic Responsibility Ageing in an Ageing Society .(pp. 99-124).Sheffield, Equinox Press

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021 ) Complexity and Contradiction: Intimacy, Testimony, and Care in Humanitarian Aid Care Work and Medical Travel .(pp. 155-176).Lexington Books

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021 ) An Institutional Ethic of Care Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World .(pp. 169 -193).Cham, Springer

Lanphier, Elizabeth and Hannah Cory (2021 ) The weight of imaginative resistance and pedagogy for narrative transformation Weight Bias in Health Education: Critical Perspectives for Pedagogy and Practice .(pp. 100-112).New York, Routledge (Co-Author)

Additional Publications


Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Bill Lee’s Pro-Life Message is Contradicted by Death Penalty Stance .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Prisoners, at Great Risk, Should Get Vaccine Early .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2020. ) Where No Lives Matter .

Fyfe, Shannon; Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Is a Minor’s Decision to Take Puberty-Blockers Exceptional? .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Ohio's vaccination plan used to include incarcerated people. Now it doesn't .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Vaccine guilt is good – as long it doesn’t stop you from getting a shot .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Do doctors engaging in advocacy speak for themselves or their profession? .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Vaccine Guilt and Moral Emotions .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) My Body, Whose Choice? .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) With abortion heading back to the Supreme Court, is it time to retire the ‘my body, my choice’ slogan? .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Parents, Covid, and Trauma-Informed Choices .

Lanphier, Elizabeth (2021. ) Should We Enroll our Child in a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial .

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2021. ) Is It Ethical to Prohibit Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines in Kids? .

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2021. ) ‘Off-label’ use is common in medicine – a bioethicist and legal philosopher explain why the COVID-19 vaccines are different .

Lanphier, Elizabeth; Fyfe, Shannon (2022. ) With Pediatric Hospitalizations Rising, Reconsider Off-Label Covid Vaccination for Young Children .

Contact Information

Cincinnati Children's Hospital
3333 Burnet Ave MLC 15006
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45229
Phone: 513-803-8368