Melissa Moschella, Ph.D.

Melissa Moschella, Ph.D.

Visting Scholar, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies

Dr. Melissa Moschella is a preeminent voice on natural law, biomedical ethics, and the moral and political status of the family.

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Melissa Moschella is an associate professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where her teaching and research focus on natural law, biomedical ethics, and the moral and political status of the family. She is also a McDonald Distinguished Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law.

Her book, “To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education and Children’s Autonomy” was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press. Moschella speaks and writes on a variety of contemporary moral issues, including brain death, end-of-life ethics, parental rights, reproductive technologies, and conscience rights.

Her articles have been published in scholarly journals as well as popular media outlets, including Bioethics, The Journal of Medical Ethics, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Christian Bioethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, The American Journal of Jurisprudence, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, and The Public Discourse.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University.