Roseanna Sommers is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law.
Her research examines intuitive folk theories of morally and legally salient concepts, such as consent, autonomy and moral responsibility. She is interested in questions like: When is it that we see people's actions as stemming from them, and consequently see fit to hold them to their choices? How do we think about interferences to autonomy, such as coercion, deception, manipulation and "nudging"? Prior to completing her PhD in Psychology, which focused on the psychology of consent, she spent two years working as a bioethicist at a research hospital, where she provided ethics consultation to doctors, patients, nurses, and researchers.
Her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Psychological Science, Ethics & Behavior and the New York Times.