The Long Version
Dr. Hughes' ambition in his early
twenties was to become a scholar of Buddhist political thought. After a stint as a
Buddhist monk and
exegete of Buddhist scriptures,
however, this ambition was thwarted by a lack of talent in Sanskrit,
Pali and Japanese.
At the University of Chicago,
Dr. Hughes worked and taught at the U of C's
Center for Clinical Medical Ethics while completing
his doctorate in medical sociology. he also served as a consultant to the University of Chicago
Hospital and the Midwest Business Group on Health, and founder-editor of the
international newsletter Doctor-Patient Studies.
Dr. J. is currently
Director of Institutional Research and Planning at
College in Hartford, where he also teaches Happiness, Health Policy, Drug Policy,
Infectious Disease Policy, BioEthics, and Research
Methods in Trinity's Graduate Public Policy Studies program.
In 1998 Dr. Hughes started
Radio, a weekly half hour public affairs
program on the politics of future technologies. In
2005 he co-founded the
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
with the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, and has served the IEET
since then as Executive Director.
Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and
Sciences, and a member of the Neuroethics Society, the American Society of Bioethics and
Humanities, the Association of Futurist Leaders, and the Working Group on Ethics and Technology at Yale
University. Dr. Hughes speaks on medical ethics, health care policy and
future studies worldwide, and appears often radio and television.