Osagie K. Obasogie JD, PhD

Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics
Joint Medical Program
Division of Community Health Sciences
  • BA - Yale University
  • JD - Columbia Law School
  • PhD - University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: 
  • Law
  • Bioethics
  • Reproductive and Genetic Technologies
  • Race
Selected Publications: 

The Endogenous Fourth Amendment: An Empirical Assessment of How Police Understandings of Excessive Force Becomes Constitutional Law, 104 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2019) (with Zachary Newman).

The Futile Fourth Amendment: Understanding Police Excessive Force Doctrine Through An Empirical Examination of Graham v. Connor, 112 Northwestern Law Review 1465 (2018) (with Zachary Newman) - PDF

Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics, University of California Press, 2018 (with Marcy Darnovsky.) – web page

Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, Stanford University Press. (2014) - web page

Race in the Life Sciences: An Empirical Assessment, 1950 - 2000, 83 Fordham Law Review 3089 (2016) (with J. Harris-Wai, K. Darling, C. Keagy, and M. Levesque). – PDF  

Moore is Less: Why the Development of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Might Lead Us to Rethink Differential Property Interests in Excised Human Cells, 16 Stanford Technology Law Review 51. (2012) (with Helen Theung) – PDF

The Return of Biological Race? Regulating Race and Genetics Through Administrative Agency Race Impact Assessments, 22 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (2012) – PDF

Prisoners as Human Subjects: A Closer Look at the Institute of Medicine’s Recommendations to Loosen Current Restrictions on Using Prisoners in Scientific Research, 6 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 41 (2010)


Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. He chairs the Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Obasogie’s research and writing are in the area of bioethics, with a focus on the social, ethical, and legal implications of new reproductive and genetic technologies. His research also looks at the past and present roles of science in both constructing racial meanings and explaining racial disparities. He has a particular interest in developing legal mechanisms that can create the conditions for eliminating health disparities. 

An additional thread of Obasogie’s research uses novel theoretical and empirical interventions to explore the hidden ways in which racial thinking is central to law, medicine, and science. His most recent work in this area takes an empirical look at the legal determinants of police use of force. Obasogie’s first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press) was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. His second book, Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics (with Marcy Darnovsky), was published by the University of California Press in 2018.  Obasogie's other writings have appeared in scholarly journals such as the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Stanford Technology Law Review as well as journalistic outlets such as the New York Times, Slate, and Scientific American.

Profile Updated: April 8, 2019