Dov Fox

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

Kay Manansala
(619) 260-4150

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 bioethics and health law. He also teaches and writes in the areas of torts, criminal law, and the regulation of technology.

Professional Experience

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. He is the author of more than 60 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), and bioethics (e.g., Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics). His op-eds have appeared in Vox, Slate, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has provided on-air legal analysis for CNN, NPR, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. Professor Fox's legal narrative about the “biggest hoax in reproductive history” was named both top audiobook and #1 podcast of 2020: The eight-chapter series was also featured in interviews with, e.g., Armchair Experts: and The Atlantic:

Honors and Affiliations

Professor Fox was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in political theory and served as 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 more 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. Professor Fox has been awarded the Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and named a Biocom Life Science Catalyst for "significant contributions to human health through research, discovery, and entrepreneurship." For his work with local communities, he's received recognition as a "San Diego Changemaker" and "Urgent Challenges Innovator." His latest academic book, "Birth Rights and Wrongs" was a finalist for several major awards and reviewed in multiple law symposia. Hailed a "tour de force in investigative reporting,” his Audible Original "Donor 9623” has been and submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award.

Scholarly Work

Reproducing Race in an Era of Reckoning” in Minnesota Law Review (forthcoming 2021); “Birth Rights and Wrongs: Reply to Critics” in Boston University Law Review (2020); Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2019); “Redressing Future Losses (symposium on Civil Justice)” in DePaul Law Review (2019); “Subversive Science ” in Penn State Law Review (2019); “Thirteenth Amendment Reflections on Abortion, Surrogacy, and Race Selection” in Cornell Law Review (2019); “Making Things Right When Reproductive Medicine Goes Wrong: Reply to Robert Rabin, Carol Sanger, and Gregory Keating” in 118 Columbia Law Review Online 94 (2018); “Reproductive Negligence” in 117 Columbia Law Review 149 (2017); “Constitutional Retroactivity in Criminal Procedure” in 91 Washington Law Review 463 (with Stein) (2016); “Selective Procreation in Public and Private Law” in 64 UCLA Law Review 294 (2016); “Dualism and Doctrine” in 90 Indiana Law Journal 975 (with Stein) (2015); “Race Sorting in Family Formation ” in 49 Family Law Quarterly 57 (2015); “Interest Creep” in 82 George Washington Law Review 273 (2014); “Neuro-Voir Dire and the Architecture of Bias” in 65 Hastings Law Journal 999 (2014); “The Second Generation of Racial Profiling” in 38 American Criminal Law Review 49 (2010); “Disability-Selective Abortion and the Americans with Disabilities Act” in Utah Law Review 845 (2009); “Racial Classification in Assisted Reproduction ” in 118 Yale Law Journal 1884 (2009); “The Right to Silence Protects Mental Control” in 42 Akron Law Review 763 (2009); “Silver Spoons and Golden Genes” in 33 American Journal of Law and Medicine 568 (2007); and “Ethics and Law in FDA Decision-Making” in Michigan State Law Review 1135 (2005).

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