Jane Maienschein

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Regents' Professor, President's Professor, and Parent's Association Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Center for Biology and Society
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Adjunct Senior Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
480 965-6105
Email: maienschein@asu.edu


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. Dr. Maienschein has received numerous faculty and teaching awards, including the CASE and Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year, Arizona (2010), and ASU's Gary S. Krahenbuhl Difference-Maker Award. She is a Founding Fellow of the Distinguished Teaching Academy at ASU, and in the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Technology of Arizona. She is president of the History of Science Society and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Biology and Philosophy, Isis, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, and Philosophy of Science and Science Communication. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).


history of science; embryology; bioethics; biology and society


PhD, History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, 1978

MA, Indiana University, 1975

BA, Hsitory, the Arts, and Letters, Yale University, 1972

Journal Articles


Maienschein, J., J. P. Collins and D. S. Strouse. 1998. Biology and law: Challenges of adjudicating competing claims in a democracy. Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology 38(2):151-181.