Professor Jamie Bronstein
Jamie Bronstein, Ph.D. is a
full professor of history at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces,
New Mexico, and is the author of the books
Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in
Land Reform and Working-Class Experience in Britain and the United
States, 1800–1862, and
John Francis Bray: Transatlantic Radical.
Jamie earned her Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, with a primary field in British History and a secondary field in US history; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an undergraduate majors in history and Spanish.
She has been interested in transhumanism since 2006, having done a lot of research and reading on such topics as biohappiness, superlongevity, cryonics, personhood, and artificial intelligence, and the ethical implications of life-sustaining technologies. She has participated in transhumanist listservs and IEET fora, helped to edit manuscripts on transhumanist philosophy, and, with Mike LaTorra and Mark Walker also participating, has taught at the graduate level on the historical and philosophical implications of modernity and the Enlightenment. Along with others, including Russell Blackford, She has a commentary on Mark Walker’s paper on genetic virtue that should be coming out in the fall issue of the journal Politics and the Life Sciences.
Jamie’s interests lie in the nexus between transhumanism and the humanities, and in contextualizing this movement within the broader, post-Enlightenment drive to use social movements to promote the human (and post-human) good. It is her belief that new technologies ought to be introduced in ways that respect diversity and take into account the goals and preferences of minority groups and women, who may be underrepresented in the sciences and in policymaking. She is also interested in the implications of the introduction of new technologies for empowering or disempowering people in developing countries.
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