Jason Borenstein

Director of Graduate Research Ethics Programs

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Office Location: DM Smith 214
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Email Address: borenstein@gatech.edu


Jason Borenstein, Ph.D., is the Director of Graduate Research Ethics Programs.  His appointment is divided between the School of Public Policy and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. He has directed Georgia Tech's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program since 2006.  He is currently Program Director for Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) at the National Science Foundation.  He previously served as Georgia Tech's interim Research Integrity Officer (RIO).

Dr. Borenstein is a member of the IEEE SSIT Technical Committee on Ethics/Human Values.  He is an International Editorial Advisory Board member of the Springer journal Science and Engineering Ethics, a Founding Editorial Board member of the Springer journal AI and Ethics, co-editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s Ethics and Information Technology section, and an editorial board member of the journal Accountability in Research.  He previously was a member of Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Board of Directors and Chair of the APPE Research Integrity Scholars and Educators (RISE) Consortium.  He also served as Editor for Research Ethics for the National Academy of Engineering's Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, and was the founder and formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law.

Dr. Borenstein’s teaching and research interests include robot & artificial intelligence ethics, engineering ethics, research ethics, and bioethics. He was the co-leader of the ethics and trust research efforts for the NSF-funded AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Interaction for Networked Groups (AI-CARING).  He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) on projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) including "Broadening Participation in Computing Ethics Curriculum Development" and "Institutional Transformation: The Role of Service Learning and Community Engagement on the Ethical Development of STEM Students and Campus Culture." He was a Co-PI on the NSF-funded projects “Do the Right Thing: Competing Ethical Frameworks Mediated by Moral Emotions in Human-robot Interaction" and “Fairness, Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency (FEAT) in Computer and Information Science and Engineering Workshop” that took place August 29 and 30, 2019 on Georgia Tech's campus.  In addition, he was a Co-PI on the Mozilla Responsible Computer Science Challenge funded project “Cultivating an Ethics-Inclusive Mindset Through Role Play in Undergraduate Computer Science Courses.”

His work has appeared in numerous professional journals including the Journal of Engineering Education, AI & Society, Communications of the ACM, Science and Engineering Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology, IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, and Accountability in Research.  He has been a grant reviewer for federal agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Borenstein is affiliated faculty at Georgia Tech's Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) and had served as part of the leadership team for the Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center (ETHICx). From 2017 until 2021, he was a member of the Georgia State University – Georgia Institute of Technology Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Regulatory Knowledge & Support Program within the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA).

  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Miami
  • B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Philosophy, Emory University
Awards and
  • IAC Million Dollar Club/Faculty Research Award, Ivan Allen College, 2023
  • IAC Million Dollar Club/Faculty Research Award, Ivan Allen College, 2022
  • Gold Star Award, Ivan Allen College, 2021
  • Faculty of the Year, School of Public Policy, 2020


Research Fields:
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Assessment
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Campus-Community Engagement
  • Community engagement
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Ethical Practices in Contemporary Contexts
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Philosophy
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Science and Technology


  • PHIL-3105: Ethical Theories
  • PHIL-3109: Engineering Ethics
  • PHIL-4811: Special Topics
  • PHIL-6000: Responsible Conduct-Res
  • PHIL-6010: Biotech Research Ethics
  • PHIL-6710: Ethics Biotech Research
  • PST-3105: Ethical Theories
  • PST-3109: Ethics&Tech Profession
  • PST-3127: Sci,Tech & Human Values
  • PST-8000: Responsible Condut-Res
  • PUBP-8801: Special Topics
  • PUBP-8811: Special Topics

Selected Publications

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