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Joseph Ali, JD

  • Assistant Professor

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1809 Ashland Avenue
Deering Hall 208
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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JD, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
BA, University of Toronto, 2003


My scholarly work pursues a range of ethics and regulatory challenges in domestic and global bioethics. Some of my ongoing research includes projects that employ conceptual, qualitative and quantitative methods to study ethical implications of global mobile and digital health, including digital disease surveillance. My research also includes efforts to create and experimentally test enhanced approaches to informed consent, for both face-to-face and remote/digital consent.

I’ve served as co-chair of ethics and regulatory work groups for two large pragmatic clinical research networks in the United States: the PCORI National Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORnet) and the NIH/VA/DOD Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center. I co-lead the NIH Fogarty-funded Johns Hopkins University-Addis Ababa University Research Ethics Training Program, and several other ethics capacity strengthening and infrastructure development partnerships that build on a 18 years of collaboration to help strengthen to voice of bioethics leaders across sub-Saharan Africa. I also serve as associate director of a NIH-funded bioethics training program with the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As core faculty and associate director for global programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, I enjoy engaging with colleagues at JHU and other institutions internationally to support the development of multidisciplinary research, training and service partnerships in bioethics.

  • Bioethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Digital Health
  • Capacity Strengthening
  • Consent
  • Health Policy & Systems Research
  • Disease Surveillance

Selected publications

  • Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies. Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020., doi:10.1353/book.75831.
  • Ali J, DiStefano MJ, Coates McCall I, Gibson DG, Al Kibria GM, Pariyo GW, Labrique AB, Hyder AA. “Ethics of mobile phone surveys to monitor non-communicable disease risk factors in low-and middle-income countries: A global stakeholder survey” Global Public Health 2019 Jan 11:1-5.
  • Ali J, Andrews J, Somkin C, Rabinovich CE. “Harms, Benefits, and the Nature of Interventions in Pragmatic Clinical Trials” Clinical Trials, first published online on September 15, 2015 doi:10.1177/1740774515597686.
  • Ali J, Kass N, Sewankambo N, White T, Hyder A. “Evaluating International Research Ethics Capacity Development: An Empirical Approach” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2014; 9(2), 41-51.
  • Aggarwal R, Gupte N, Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Bhan A, Aggarwal A, Sisson S, Kanchanaraksa S, McKenzie-White J, McGready J, Miotti P, Bollinger R.C. “A Comparison of Online versus On-site Training in Health Research Methodology: A Randomized Study” BMC Medical Education 2011;11:37.