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I am a writer, speaker, and tech ethics consultant. I am also a regular contributor to Forbes.com and you can view my stories here.

I am a historian of medicine by training, but now work primarily on the ethics of emerging technology. I write articles, white papers, reports, and web copy for international news outlets, Silicon Valley start-ups, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies on everything from cryptocurrency infrastructure to public health. My main goal, however, is to bring a better and more useful understanding of technology to non-experts. With everything going on in the world around us and the pace of research constantly accelerating, it’s hard for people to feel like they have a good grasp on what these new tools do and what’s at stake if we blindly accept them without asking questions.

My public speaking ranges from holding workshops on science communication for scientists and engineers, to tech ethics talks for schools and universities, all the way to corporate keynotes on ethics and responsibilities in this new and exciting world of tech. I love technology and I want other people to be able to appreciate all it gives us, though I want to encourage them to ask more questions. My speaking is not about scaring people off or chastising inventors, managers, investors, or CEOs who have dealt with ethical issues in the past (even ones I may have called out in my writing).

If you’re interested in hiring me and would like to view my rate sheet for visits, please e-mail me at jessicalbaron@me.com as it differs depending on what you’d like me to do. For now, I handle all of my own booking. I do request travel compensation from everyone, but I can provide lower rates for smaller companies or schools, if my schedule allows. My general approach to things is that it never hurts to ask, so please do contact me and give me as much information as possible about your needs and budget and if we’re a good fit for each other, I’ll do my best to work with you because I really love speaking with new people.

My work has appeared in international publications such as Huff Post, Aeon Magazine, The Daily Beast, and trade publications including Cultures Magazine (for the American Society for Microbiology) over the last few years. I am also proud of some of the pieces I’ve published on Medium, which you can see here.

In 2012, I created a Top 10 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology which now has nearly half a million readers worldwide. You can find it at techtop10list.com. I hope to add more educational resources for educators soon.

As for my background, my degrees include a B.A. in Medical Anthropology, and an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Anthropology, History, and Classics from SUNY’s University at Buffalo, as well as a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. I’ve won multiple grants for my research, worked in academia, taught undergraduates and graduate students, organized international conferences, and been the managing editor of a top-tier academic journal in my field. In 2016, I was named one of my region’s 40 Under 40 young professionals.

In 2018, I left academia and now work as a freelance writer, editor, and speaker. Now I spend all of my time writing or helping other people with their written work and other communication skills. I’m currently based in South Bend, IN where I live with my husband Christopher Baron, who is a historian of Ancient Greece and classics professor at Notre Dame. He is also the editor of an upcoming encyclopedia on the ancient historian Herodotus, a project so enormous that it has its own room in our home. Together we share a house with many books, a large French wine collection, and one perpetually cranky cat named Hildegarde, who has a paw (quite literally) in everything we do.

I’m currently working on a book on the ethics of future technology. Anyone who writes and edits on a daily basis probably knows better than to ask how this is going.

My education and work history:  

EDUCATION

2013 – M.A. and Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame

2004 – M.A.H., Humanities Interdisciplinary, SUNY at Buffalo

            Fields: Classics, Anthropology, History

2002 – B.A., with honors, Medical Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo             

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2011 - 2018, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

2013 - 2018, Director of Media and Engagement, History of Science Society

2013 - 2018, Concurrent Assistant Professor of History and First-Year Studies Program, University of Notre Dame

2011 - 2013, Managing Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Concurrent Assistant Professor in Science, Technology, and Values Program and Department of History, University of Notre Dame (2013 - 2018)

  • Science, Ethics, and Responsibility Pre-College Leadership Seminar

  • Social Responsibilities of Researchers CCE-STEM Seminar for graduate students

  • History of Medicine and Public Health in the U.S. (HIST 30626)

  • Man and Machine: Humanity, Ethics, and Future Technology (STV 20089)

Adjunct Lecturer, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (2010-2011)

  • The History of Women in Science and Medicine (HIST 425)

  • Topics in Women’s History: Women in the British Empire (HIST 410)

  • Modern European Women (HIST 370)

  • World Civilizations I (HIST 103)

Instructor, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (2005)

  • Curie, Carson, and Franklin: Women and the Nature of Science (Master’s-level class for high school science teachers)

Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (2002-2009)

  • Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia

  • Science, Technology, and Values

  • History of Western Medicine

  • History of Chinese Medicine

SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2017 – 2018 – Executive Committee and Committee on Prevention, Michiana Opioid Task Force; Faculty/Staff leader of the ND Student Opioid Task Force
2017 – Mentor, Notre Dame (NSF) Social Responsibilities of Researchers Program
2015 – 2018 – Representative from History of Science Society to the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) Social Science Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
2015 – Organizer and host of SB150 “Discover South Bend Science” event
2014 – 2018 – Co-director of HSS at Work caucus for academics working outside the tenure track
2013 – 2015 – Creator and Organizer, South Bend Science Café
2012 – 2018 – Member of the History of Science Society’s Committee on Education and Sub-Committee for Instructional Module
2009 – 2011 – Creator/Facilitator, Notre Dame Development Studies Working Group  
2007 – 2008 – Graduate Career Advisory Council, University of Notre Dame
2005 – 2007 – Executive Committee, HPS Summer School Committee for High School Science Teachers