Dan O’Connor is a Greenwall Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, with joint appointments in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Institute of the History of Medicine. He is also a Senior Consultant with RMM (www.rmmlondon.com), a digital social media agency based in London, UK.
Dan has a Ph.D. in the History of Medicine from the University of Warwick, UK, where he was the first Wellcome Trust Doctoral Fellow. He was also formerly a Lecturer in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are in transsexuality, cosmetic surgery, extreme body modification and non-healing uses of medical technology. He has also published on conceptions of the ‘the body’ in popular culture, looking at sport, comic books, TV shows, and movies. Dan’s most recent project has focused on the phenomenon of transableism, which is analogous to transsexuality, except with patients seeking to become disabled in various ways (amputee, blind, deaf, MS, etc.) rather than changing sex. He has particularly focused on the role that the internet and digital social media has played in allowing transabled people to tell their stories and advocate for treatment. This has lead into a new project,
tentatively titled ‘Bioethics 2.0’, which will explore the ethical issues emergent in the era of shareable personal digital health records.
Dan is from the UK but moved to the US pretty much after watching one episode of The West Wing.