Dov Fox

Dov Fox
Phone: (619) 260-2279
Office: Warren Hall 139

Kay Manansala

Herzog Endowed Scholar, Professor of Law; Director, Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics

  • LLM, 2013, Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD, 2010, Yale Law School
  • DPhil, 2007, Oxford University
  • AB, 2004, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Fox is a national expert on health law and bioethics. He also teaches and writes in the areas of torts, criminal law and procedure, family law, civil liberties, reproductive rights, and the regulation of technology.

Professional Experience

Professor Fox is the author of more than 65 scholarly articles in leading journals of law (e.g., Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review), medicine (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association), science (e.g., Nature, Science), and bioethics (e.g., Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics). He has been quoted in popular outlets including the Atlantic, the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and provided on-air analysis for CNN, ABC News, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and the Today Show.

Professor Fox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also worked at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company; and the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Fox serves on advisory boards of the American Constitution Society, Appellate Defenders, Illumina Genomics, and the Association of American Law Schools. At USD, he has chaired appointments and Dean search committees.

Honors and Affiliations

Professor Fox received USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2021) and for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (2020). His work with local communities has earned him recognition as a "San Diego Changemaker" and "Urgent Challenges Innovator." His latest academic book, "Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law" (Oxford University Press, 2019) was a finalist for several major awards and reviewed in multiple law symposia. Professor Fox's Audible Original "Donor 9623” was named #1 podcast of 2020 and submitted for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism.

Professor Fox was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in political theory and served as a lecturer in politics and philosophy. He received a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to attend Yale Law School, where he was projects editor of the Yale Law Journal and all three years awarded the prize for best paper in law and science. His recent academic articles on translational medicine, artificial intelligence, and public health policy were selected to present at the Stanford, Penn, and Northwestern Faculty Forum for Law and Technology.

Scholarly Work