Otniel E. Dror


Otniel E. Dror, MD, Ph D in history, is the Joel Wilbush Chair in Medical Anthropology at The Hebrew University Medical Faculty. He specializes in the history of the modern Western life sciences and medicine (19th-21st centuries). His research studies the interface and interrelationships between science and society.

He is the co-editor of Knowledge and Pain (Brill) and of History of Science and the Emotions (Chicago). His monograph, Blush, Flush, Adrenalin: Science, Modernity and Paradigms of Emotions, 1850–1940, is under revision for the University of Chicago Press. His publications have appeared in Emotion Review, Isis, Science in Context, Social Research, Osiris, and more.


Dror is the Chair of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2017-present) and a member of The National Helsinki Committee of Israel in the Ministry of Health (from 2008-present), The Israeli Council for Animal Experimentation in the Ministry of health (2004-2011, 2017-present), and of the UNESCO Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology—Israel (COMEST, 2010-2013). He was also the Chair of the Ethics Committee for Non-Medical Human Research in the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and the Natural Sciences at The Hebrew University (2005-2011, 2014-2016), where he is currently also a member.


He has taught and teaches in the Medical Faculty, the Faculty of the Humanities, and in the Veterinary Medical School. His courses include: gender and science; ethics and genetics, ethics of public health, critical approaches to modern knowledge; research ethics, animal-veterinary ethics, and the values of medicine.


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