Welcome to my site. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.  I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, my MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and my BA in philosophy from Vassar College. Prior to joining FAU, I was a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.

My research is at the intersection of bioethics, ethics, and political philosophy.

Some of my published or forthcoming work is below. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Bernstein, Justin. “Anti-Vaxxers, Anti-Anti-Vaxxers, Fairness, and Anger,” forthcoming in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.

Randall, Pierce, and Justin Bernstein. “The Ethics of Charitable Giving During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” forthcoming in Journal of Social Philosophy.

Bernstein, Justin and Pierce Randall. “Against the Public Goods Conception of Public Health,” forthcoming in Public Health Ethics

Rieder, Travis, and Justin Bernstein. “The Case for Contributory Ethics: Or, How to Think About Individual Morality in a Time of Global Problems,” forthcoming in Ethics, Policy, and Environment.

Limaye, Rupali, Molly Sauer, Joe Ali, Justin Bernstein, Brian Wahl, Anne Barnhill, and Alain Labrique. “Building Trust While Influencing Online COVID-19 Content in a Socially Mediated World,The Lancet Digital Health. 2020 Jun; 2 (6): e277-278.

Bernstein, Justin, Taylor Holroyd, Jessica Atwell, Joe Ali, and Rupali Limaye. “Rockland County’s Proposed Ban Against Unvaccinated Minors: Balancing Disease Control, Trust, and Liberty,” Vaccine, 37 Iss. 30 (2019): 3393-3395.

Bernstein, Justin. “The Case Against Libertarian Arguments for Compulsory Vaccination,” Journal of Medical Ethics, 43 No. 11 (2017): pp. 1-5.

Melenovsky, C.M.M., and Justin Bernstein. “Why Free Market Rights are not Basic Liberties,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 49 Iss. 1-2 (2015): pp. 47-67.

Encyclopedia Entries:

Faden, Ruth, Justin Bernstein and Sirine Shebaya, “Public Health Ethics”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.) forthcoming URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2020/entries/publichealth-ethics/&gt;.

Book Reviews

Bernstein, Justin, and Anne Barnhill. “Bob Fischer’s ‘The Ethics of Eating Animals,'” forthcoming in Ethics

Newspapers and Other Media:

Rieder, Travis, Anne Barnhill, Justin Bernstein, and Brian Hutler. “When to Reopen the Nation is an Ethics Question—Not Only a Scientific One,” Hastings Center Bioethics Forum, April 28, 2020.

Emanuel, Ezekiel, and Justin Bernstein. “All Children Should Have to Get a Flu Shot,” The New York Times, March 1, 2018. 

Ethics Guidelines and White Papers:

Bernstein, Justin, Hutler, Brian, Rieder, Travis, Faden, Ruth, Han, Hahrie, and Barnhill, Anne. “An Ethics Framework for the COVID-19 Reopening Process.” (2020, Berman Institute of Bioethics)

Toner et al., “Interim Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution within the United States,” 2020, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Papers in Progress (Available upon request)

“A Public Health Ethics Case for Mitigating Zoonotic Disease Risk in Food Production” (first author with Jan Dutkiewicz)

“Beyond the Right to Rule: A Role-Based Theory of Politically Legitimate Action”

“In Defense of Conscious Consumption: Why You Can’t Have Your Steak and Call for Political Action on Climate Change, Too”

“Being Wrong, Being Wronged, and Fairness: The Case of Vaccine Hesitancy”

“In Defense of Political Legitimacy Without Thresholds”

“Constitutivism and the Possibility of Error”

“You Should Eat Less Beef” (with Anne Barnhill, Ruth Faden, Rebecca McClaren, Travis Rieder)