August 31, 2006
The College of Law welcomes Professor Paul A. Lombardo, who has joined the law school faculty this fall to lead an interdisciplinary initiative in law, bioethics and science.
Bringing a strong national reputation as a leading scholar at the intersection of these fields, Professor Lombardo will develop the law and science initiative in close cooperation with the College's Center for Law, Health and Society.
Professor Lombardo comes to Georgia State from the University of Virginia where he held faculty appointments in both the Medical School and Law School, and served as the Director of the Program in Law and Medicine at the University's Center for Biomedical Ethics. Professor Lombardo's credentials include 15 years in interdisciplinary academic settings teaching courses related to law, medicine, science and ethics.
His publication record reflects not only a wide-ranging facility in these interdisciplinary areas, but drawing upon his background as a historian, an ability to add important historical perspectives to his research. Professor Lombardo's scholarship on the history of eugenics and the legal and ethical issues surrounding genetic research has received widespread acclaim, as has his collaboration with private industry and policy makers at the state and national level. He is currently completing a book entitled The One Sure Cure: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell, which will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Professor Lombardo holds a B.A. from Rockhurst College, an M.A. from Loyola University in Chicago, and both a Ph.D (in history) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
He will be speaking at the upcoming Globalization and Public Health Symposium set for Oct. 18 in Atlanta. His lecture will trace the 100-year history of state sanctioned eugenic sterilization, and its use as a tool of public health policy around the world. It will focus on the American experience, and conclude with a review of the strange career of Georgia's depression-era sterilization law