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Holding a PhD in History from Cornell University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, Dr. Jonathan Kahn writes on issues in history, politics, and law and specializes in biotechnology's implications for our ideas of identity, rights, and citizenship, with a particular focus on race and justice. He teaches in areas of constitutional law, torts, health law and bioethics.
In 2007, Dr. Kahn received a grant from National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program to support a two year project in which he explored the ethical and legal ramifications of the increasing use of racial and ethnic categories in the context of gene patenting and drug development. Dr. Kahn is an internationally recognized expert on this topic. His scholarly research and writing related to the legal and ethical implications of how racial categories are produced and disseminated in the course of drug development are widely published, including the article "Race in a Bottle" in the August 2007 issue of Scientific American. The article pertains to BiDil, the first medication ever approved by the FDA to be targeted to a specific racial group. An exhibit quoting Dr. Kahn on this topic also is part of the nationally touring museum exhibit, "RACE – Are We So Different?" a project of American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation & National Science Foundation.
Dr. Kahn has been published in a wide array of journals ranging from the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, Seton Hall Law Review, and the Stanford Law & Policy Journal to the American Journal of Bioethics, the American Journal of Public Health, and Nature Genetics. He has also published a book titled, "Budgeting Democracy: State-Building and Citizenship in America, 1890-1928" (Cornell U. Press, 1997). His previous grants include a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to support a project titled, "Colliding Categories: Haplotypes, Race, and Ethnicity."
Before coming to Hamline, Dr. Kahn practiced with the firm of Hogan & Hartson after graduating from law school and then went on to complete his PhD and teach at Bard College. Later, he served as a visiting associate professor at Harvard University and has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University School of Law and Western New England School of Law.