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Ronald W. Dworkin

Professorial Lecturer in Honors


Ronald W. Dworkin, M.D., Ph.D, is a practicing physician who also holds a Ph.D. in political science. He has written on the subject of American culture in his book, The Rise of the Imperial Self, and on the subject of medicine, society, and culture in his most recent book, Artificial Happiness. His numerous essays on medicine and American culture have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and other commercial publications, and have led to interviews on The Today Show, C-Span, MSNBC, and the CBS Evening News. He teaches a course in the GWU Honors Program on the Origins and Evolution of Western thought. Beginning in Fall 2010, he will be teaching a course called "Medicine and Society" in GWU's new Certificate Program in Medicine, Society, and Culture.. Finally, he served as a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, a Washington D.C.-based public affairs organization, where he headed up its program in medicine, society, and bioethics.

Selected Publications:


Artificial Happiness: The dark side of the new happy class (Basic Books, 2006)

The Rise of the Imperial Self: America's culture wars in Augustinian perspective (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996)

Recent articles:

"The rise of the caring industry," Policy Review, June/July, 2010 issue.

"An anesthesiologist's take on health care reform," The Wall Street Journal, August. 20, 2009.

"A clinical perspective on placebo research: Looking back, looking forward," The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 9, Issue 9, Sept. 2009.

"The next sexual revolution," The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 18, 2007.


Ph.D. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
M.D., University of California, San Diego
B.A., Swarthmore College