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Karin Ellison

Karin Ellison

Dean's Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Center for Biology and Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 873301
Tempe, AZ 85287-3301


  • Associate Director, Center for Biology and Society, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dean's Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Karin Ellison was named a Dean's Faculty Fellow in September 2007. In that role she is coordinating a review of the college's academic-integrity policy. In the Center for Biology and Society, Ellison works in the areas of research ethics, history of technology, and science and technology studies. She also is a founding member of Arizona State University's interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology; a team leader in the CareerWISE Project, an National Science Foundation-funded project on retention of women graduate students in the STEM disciplines; and a member of ASU's Intellectual Property Committee.

Prior to coming to ASU, Ellison was interim assistant dean for research policy and compliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. Focusing on oversight of research with human subjects and review of potential for conflicts of interest in research, her activities included policy analysis and development, educational resources development, information-technology system development, and management of compliance-committee business.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2999
  • BA, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1990