Emily A. Largent, JD, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy


Emily Largent, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Largent studies the ethics of human subjects research. Her current research focuses on the ethics of paying research participants for their contributions to clinical research and on the ethical and regulatory implications of integrating clinical research with clinical care.  Her work — which combines normative, empirical, and legal methods — has been published in the Hastings Center Report, the American Journal of Bioethics, and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other journals.  She co-authored Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook (Oxford University Press 2012). 

Dr. Largent studied Science, Technology, and International Affairs as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and earned a second degree in nursing from Penn Nursing. She received her PhD in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School, both in 2016. Dr. Largent was previously a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before coming to Penn in 2017.