|Native name||Jonathan Anomaly|
|🏡 Residence||San Diego, California|
|🎓 Alma mater||Berkeley|
Jonathan Anomaly was born in Hawaii and grew up in Southern California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied philosophy and economics. He obtained a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a PhD from Tulane University, where he was awarded a fellowship from the Murphy Institute of Political Economy.
Dr. Anomaly has taught at universities around the USA, including Duke, UNC, Penn, Arizona, and San Diego. He won a teaching award for a class he designed at Duke. Anomaly is the Academic Director of the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Quito, Ecuador. The Center offers a Masters degree whose first cohort began in 2023.
Anomaly's first book, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2015), was co-edited with Geoff Brennan, Mike Munger, & Geoff Sayre-McCord. His second book, Creating Future People (Routledge, 2020), explores how our ability to manipulate the genetic endowment of our children is likely to transform humanity.
Anomaly advocates genetic enhancement and opposes factory farming. Along with Peter Singer and a group of co-authors, Anomaly argued that "genetic enhancement" is just a euphemism for "eugenics," and that instead of obsessing over the meaning of the word "eugenics" we should focus on the substance of arguments for and against different kinds of genetic interventions. He has written articles on collective action problems such as antibiotic resistance, focusing on the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture, and has published papers on the potential benefits and costs of using embryo selection to increase intelligence or alter other traits parents care about.