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Anita LaFrance Allen (Anita LaFrance Allen-Castellitto)

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Anita Allen

Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations. In 2013, Allen was appointed The university of Pennsylvania’s Vice Provost for Faculty. Continue reading… Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations. In 2013, Allen was appointed The university of Pennsylvania’s Vice Provost for Faculty. In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her books include Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide (Oxford, 2011); Everyday Ethics: Opinion-Writing about the Things that Matter Most (Academic Readers/Cognella, 2010); Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2011); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax/Hyperion, 2004); Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988). She co-edited (with Milton Regan) Debating Democracy’s Discontent (Oxford, 1998). Allen, who has written more than a 100 scholarly articles, has also contributed to popular magazines and blogs, and has frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs. Allen has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards, and on the boards of a number of local and national non-profits and professional associations including the Hastings Center, EPIC and the Bazelon Center.

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Expertise

  • Privacy Law
  • Information Law
  • Bioethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Torts
  • Legal Ethics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Health Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Gender Studies
  • Political Philosophy
  • Race Relations
  • Sexuality and the Law

Books

UNPOPULAR PRIVACY: WHAT MUST WE HIDE? (Oxford University Press) 2011.
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PRIVACY LAW AND SOCIETY (2d ed., West 2011).
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EVERYDAY ETHICS: OPINION-WRITING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST (2011).
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THE NEW ETHICS: A TOUR OF THE 21ST CENTURY LANDSCAPE (Miramax Books 2004).
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WHY PRIVACY ISN'T EVERYTHING: FEMINIST REFLECTIONS ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY (Rowman & Littlefield 2003).
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UNEASY ACCESS: PRIVACY FOR WOMEN IN A FREE SOCIETY (Rowman & Littlefield 1988).

Articles and Book Chapters

Privacy Law: Positive Theory and Normative Practice, 126 HARV. L. REV. F. 241 (2013).

An Ethical Duty to Protect One's Own Information Privacy, 64 ALA. L. REV. 845 (2013).

Natural Law, Slavery, and the Right to Privacy Tort, 81 FORDHAM L. REV. 1187 (2012).

First Amendment Privacy and the Battle for Progressively Liberal Social Change, 14 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 885 (2012).

The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation, 26 ETHICS & INT'L AFF. 152 (2012). (book review)

Was I Entitled or Should I Apologize: Affirmative Action Going Forward, 15 J. ETHICS 253 (2011).

Associational Privacy and the First Amendment: NAACP v. Alabama, Privacy and Data Protection, 1 ALA. C.R. & C.L. L. REV. 1 (2011).

Commercial Speech Bruises Health Privacy in the Supreme Court, 41 HASTINGS CENTER REP. 8 (2011).

Is There a Right to Health?, 12 J. HUM. DEV. & CAPABILITIES 571 (2011)

Hijabs and Headwraps: the Case for Tolerance, in FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN A DIVERSE WORLD 115 (Deirdre Golash, ed., Springer 2010).

Mental Disorders and the "System of Judgmental Responsibility", 90 B.U. L. REV. 621 (2010).

Privacy Torts: Unreliable Remedies for LGBT Plaintiffs, 98 CALIF. L. REV. 1711 (2010).

Privacy and Confidentiality, in PENN CENTER GUIDE TO BIOETHICS (Vardit Ravitsky, Autumn Fiester, & Arthur L. Caplan, eds., Springer 2009).
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Driven into Society: Philosophies of Surveillance take to Streets of New York, 1 AMSTERDAM L. F. 35 (2009).

The Poetry of Genetics: On the Pitfalls of Popularizing Science, 24 HYPATIA: A JOURNAL OF FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY 247 (2009).

Atmospherics: Abortion Law and Philosophy, in ON PHILOSOPHY IN AMERICAN LAW (Francis J. Mootz III, ed., Cambridge U. Press, 2009).

Privacy and Medicine, in STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY (2009) (revised 2011).

Constitutional Privacy, in A COMPANION TO PHILOSOPHY OF LAW AND LEGAL THEORY 139-155 (Dennis Patterson, ed., Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell, 2010, revised).

Undressing Difference: The Hijab in the West, 23 BERKELEY J. GENDER L. & JUST. 208 (2008)

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

MORAL LIFE AND MENTAL CONDITIONS. (forthcoming Blackwell)

Research Areas

  • Privacy Law, Theory and Values
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethics and Bioethics
  • Mental Illness
  • Accountability
  • Race Relations
  • Gender and the Law

Positions

Penn - Vice Provost for Faculty (2013- ); Penn Law - Deputy Dean (2009-11); Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law (2004- ); Professor of Law and Philosophy (1998-2004)

Georgetown - Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship (1996-98)

Visiting Professor - Waseda (Tokyo), Yale, Harvard, Villanova, Princeton, Arizona, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Tel-Aviv

National Endowment for the Humanities IPA Associate Program Director (1980-81)

Carnegie-Mellon - Assistant Professor of Philosophy (1978-81)

Professional Activities

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Executive Committee, 2005-present

Association of American Law Schools, Executive Committee, 2000-2003

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Board member, 2002-2006

Electronic Privacy Information Center, Board of Advisors, 1999-2006; Board of Directors, 2006-present

Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Advisory Board, (2000-02)

Maternity Care Coalition, Bd. Member, since 2008

National Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Evaluation Committee, since 2006.

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Editorial Board, since 2004

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Chair, Bd. of Directors, 2006-present

Courses

  • Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Bioethics and the Law of Mental Health
  • Torts
  • African American Philosophy Since 1960

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