A limited, mostly academic-focused, CV. If for some reason you’d desperately like my full work history, let me know. I’ll bore you to death with software companies, tutoring firms, and random acts of editing.
2024 (anticipated) M.P.H., Epidemiology
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
2006 B.A., Comparative History of Ideas and Medical History and Ethics
University of Washington, Seattle
granted with departmental honors, distinction, & cum laude
Thesis: “Towards Affect-centered Ethics” (under Phillip Thurtle)
Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York, Philosophy
M.S., Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, Bioethics
2006 – 2008 (both incomplete)
There are reasons I am interested in corruption and bioethics. Please feel free to read my bio, and read in-between the lines. I’m happy to answer questions over a drink.
Kemp, L., Adam, L., Boehm, C., et al. “Point of View: Bioengineering Horizon Scan 2020.” eLife 2020;9:e54489 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.54489.
Evans, N.G., Hills, K., Levine, A. “How Should the WHO Guide Access and Benefit Sharing During Infectious Disease Outbreaks?” AMA J Ethics. 2020;22(1):E28-35. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2020.28.
Hills, K. “Rejecting Quarantine: A Frozen in Time Reaction to Disease.” Ebola’s Message. Ed. Evans NG, Smith TC, Majumder M. Cambridge: MIT Press. October 2016.
Johnson, S., Hills, K., McGee, G.: On race and organ markets. Nature Medicine 13(4):401, April 2007.
- The World Health Organization, 2020 BioRisk Horizon Scan
2019 Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of States Parties (3–6 December)
2019 Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts (28 July–7 August)
2018 Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of States Parties (4–5, 7 December)
The coronavirus Diamond Princess quarantine was doomed. But so are most quarantines.
NBC News Think, 22 February 2020.
“The CRISPR babies saga shows the need for action, not more delays.”
AddGene. 20 December 2018.
The Rise and Fall of Power Poses Gave Me a Firsthand Look at Psychology’s Replication Crisis.
Quartz. 17 October 2016.
Corruption in a Bioethics Free-for-All.
Impact Ethics. 16 September 2014.
A New Wavae of Covid-19 is Coming. Here’s How to Prepare.
The New York Times, 30 March 2021.
Omicron and Holiday Travel: How to Strategize
The New York Times, 21 December 2021.
Is it ethical to travel right now? Experts on flying in the age of Delta
The Guardian US, 12 September 2021.
Here’s Precisely How to Talk to Your Friends Before a No-Mask Hangout
Vice, 16 July 2020.
At Home with Isha Sesay Live! (YouTube)
21 May 2020.
Thousands have volunteered to be infected with coronavirus. But will that fast-track a vaccine?
The Hill–Changing America, 20 May 2020.
The Rogue Experimenters
The New Yorker, 18 May 2020.
The limits of smartphone data are on display as the country seeks to reopen
Washington Post, 14 May 2020.
How to Protect Yourself When Your State Reopens Way Too Early
Vice, 30 April 2020.
The People Who Fled Their Cities Now Want to Come Back
Vice, 27 April 2020.
Smartphones and Contact Tracing
The Pandora Report, 10 April 2020.
Can Someone Outside Of Your Household Quarantine With You Now?
HuffPost, 10 April 2020.
Coronavirus Episode 555
Science for the People, 22 March 2020.
No More Than 10 People in One Place, Trump Said. But Why?
The New York Times, 16 March 2020.
Trump Is Tested for Coronavirus, and Experts Ask: What Took So Long?
The New York Times, 14 March 2020.
I have OCD. Here’s how I’m dealing with coronavirus fears.
Vox, 10 March 2020.
Coronavirus in the US: should we expect closures and shutdowns?
The Guardian, 9 March 2020.
The CRISPR Baby Scandal Gets Worse by the Day.
The Atlantic, 3 December 2018.
A Controversial Virus Study Reveals a Critical Flaw in How Science Is Done.
The Atlantic, 4 October 2018.
23 and You.
Sciecnce for the People, 6 July 2018.
We Are Family.
Flash Forward, 5 June 2018.
Conversation with Kelly Hills: human genetic modification & bioethics.
Interview, The Niche: Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog, 20 August 2015.
Should Bioethicists Get Out of the Way of CRISPR Research?
Pop Science, 6 August 2015.
Genome Switch Creates Bacterial Transformers.
TechNewsWorld, 29 July 2007.
WUSF Florida Matters, 15 June 2007.
- “Insect Allies” for the August 2019 Meeting of Experts of the Biological Weapons Convention, Geneva, Switzerland.
“Disability, Bioethics, and GATTACA – A Conversation with Kelly Hills and Joel Michael Reynolds” UML Philosophy & Film, 26 November 2018.
ComSciCon 2018 – On Ethics and Science Communication (panelist)
“Beauty in the Nautilus: A Response to the Epistemological Merri-Go-Round” for the 1st Annual University at Albany Philosophical Association Conference, “A Conference on Epistemology”. Albany, New York; April 12, 2008.
“Towards Affect-centered Ethics” for the 2006 Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington; May 2006.
“Desire, Affect and Time: Constructing the Appeal of Reality Television” for the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California; November 2005.
“Trust Bound” for Becoming Strangers: Travel, Trust and Collaboration, the 2005 Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities Symposium, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington; August 2005.
Panel Participant, Careers in Genomics (as Kelly Saxman), for NHGRI: DNA, Health and Social Justice: A Community Forum on Genetics, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington; May 2005.
conferences, organizing committee member
1st Annual University at Albany Philosophical Association Conference, “A Conference on Epistemology”, April 12, 2008. Albany, New York.
Ad Hoc Committee Chair, Paper Selection and General Hostess
19th Annual Bioethics Summer Retreat, July 11 – 15, 2007. Lake George, New York.
Conference organizer, cruise director and all around super woman.
NHGRI: DNA, Health, and Social Justice: A Community Forum on Genetics, UW Student Forum (as Kelly Saxman), May 2005
A private forum for Dr. Francis Collins and members of his staff to address student questions and concerns prior to an interactive roundtable discussion with faculty, students, and NHGRI guests.
awards, grants and fellowships
Alden March Bioethics Institute Pfizer Fellow in Bioethics, 2007
University of Washington Dean’s Scholar, 2004-2006
Mary Gates Research Fellow, 2005-2006
Phi Beta Kappa, inducted fall 2005
Mary Gates Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities Grant, 2005
Mary Gates Travel Award, November 2005
teaching experience and assistantships
- CHID 270A: The Material Culture of Communication
Spring 2006, assisting Professor Phillip Thurtle and Giorgia Aiello
CHID 496G: “Stepping Through the Stargate: Applied Ethics with a Kwoosh”
Winter 2006, course designed and taught independently
CHID 390: Interpretations of Texts and Cultures
Autumn 2005, assisting Professor John Toews
HUM 102 (lecture and lab): Eye + Mind: Art, Science and Perception
Winter 2005, assisting Professor Phillip Thurtle and Dr. Elizabeth Rutledge
CHID 390: Interpretations of Texts and Cultures
Autumn 2004, assisting Professor Phillip Thurtle
Host, Virtually Speaking Science, 2014 – 2016
Contributor, Women’s Bioethics Blog, 2006 – 2009
Contributor, Medical Humanities Blog, 2006 – 2009
Contributor, the American Journal of Bioethics Editor’s Blog, 2007
columnist, The Daily at the University of Washington
The Road Continues, August 09, 2006
Death Made Pretty, July 19, 2006
The Right to Life, July 05, 2006
Biological Incubators, June 21, 2006
Medicine or miracle?, May 30, 2006
Expecting the Layman to be a Doctor, May 24, 2006
New DNA Collection Frightening, May 15, 2006
Dependency vs. Addiction, May 08, 2006
Toward Insuring Immigrants, May 01, 2006
Pharmacists’ Moral Acumen, April 24, 2006
Finding A Savior in a Sibling, April 17, 2006
She Wore a Slinky Red Dress, April 10, 2006
Green Pigs and Ham, April 03, 2006
Health Care ‘Miracle’, March 28, 2006