Jane Maienschein

Director, Center for Biology and Society

University Professor
Regents’ Professor
President’s Professor
Parents Association Professor

Center for Biology and Society
School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University

PO Box 874501, Tempe, AZ 85287-4501

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ASU Faculty Profile 
Maienschein Lab Page
CV: February 2024
A Note from the Director

Jane Maienschein, Director of the Center for Biology and Society



Research bio

Dr. Maienschein specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way that biology, bioethics, and biopolicy play out in society. Focusing on research in embryology, genetics, and cytology, Dr. Maienschein combines detailed analysis of the epistemological standards, theories, laboratory practices and experimental approaches with study of the people, institutions, and changing social, political, and legal context in which science thrives. She loves teaching and is committed to public education about biology and its human dimensions. Jane Maienschein has received numerous faculty and teaching awards, including the 2000 Parents Association Professor of the Year Chair, a Regents’ Professorship in 2002, and she was named an ASU President’s Professor in 2007.  Jane was also awarded Arizona Professor of the Year, CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. In 2015, Jane was awarded the prestigious University Professor Award.