- Lab Fellow, 2012-2013
Donald Light is a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine who served for the past three years as the Lokey Visiting Professor of comparative health care at Stanford. After receiving a BA in history from Stanford, an MA in sociology from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in sociology from Brandeis, he served on the faculties of Princeton and City College of New York. Light has been a visiting fellow or professor at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, and Maastricht, Princeton, UCSF, and Columbia. His articles have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, The Milbank Quarterly, Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Public Health, and the New England Journal of Medicine. As a founding fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, he has co-authored with Norman Daniels and Ron Caplan, Benchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform (1996) and edited The Risks of Prescription Drugs (2010). As an activist scholar, Light has contributed to successful campaigns against institutional barriers to affordable health insurance (US, Ireland), elective surgery (England), and new global vaccines. He has received the William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award in Sociological Practice. His current research concerns the historical roots of institutional corruption in the development of prescription drugs and its consequences.