Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Scholar Title:

Deputy Dean 
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law 
Professor of Philosophy

Department: School of Law

Colleges / Universities: University of Pennsylvania


3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone Number: (215) 898-9035


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 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.


B.A. New College, 1974

M.A. Michigan, 1976

Ph.D. Philosophy Michigan, 1980

J.D. Harvard, 1984