Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger, PhD, is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. For seven years, she served as chair of the board and director of medical education for the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), a non-profit policy and advocacy organization for people born with atypical sex. Dreger’s scholarship and patient advocacy have focused on the social and medical treatment of people born with norm-challenging body types, including intersex, conjoinment, dwarfism, and cleft lip. She has frequently collaborated with health care professionals on improving the care of families with children whose bodies vary from the average.

Dreger is the author of numerous medical and medical humanities articles and has published three books, including two with Harvard University Press, most recently One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal, which has received positive reviews in the New Yorker, Nature, the London Review of Books, and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of Us was also named the book of the month by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Her essay "Lavish Dwarf Entertainment" was chosen for Norton's Best Creative Non-Fiction volume of 2009. Dreger’s essays on science, medicine, and life have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She has appeared on dozens of broadcasts, including Good Morning America, HBO, Discovery Health, National Public Radio, CNN International, ESPN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a regular columnist for the Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum, and a blogger for Psychology Today. Under the auspices of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently completing a book on science and identity politics in the Internet Age.