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Kelly Whelan Heuer


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Kelly Whelan Heuer


Hi, I'm Kelly.

I'm an ethicist and curricular designer at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, one of the world's oldest academic ethics centers.

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academic


Harvard-trained ethicist; philosophy Ph.D.

academic


Harvard-trained ethicist; philosophy Ph.D.

doctor of philosophy.

I hold degrees in philosophy from Harvard and Georgetown, where I studied and wrote on abstract problems in moral philosophy and concrete issues in bioethics and the ethics of novel technologies. This scholarship informs my day-to-day work collaborating with faculty to help students explore and internalize ethics in new ways.

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Designer


I bring years of experience in graphic, digital, and identity design to my work.

Designer


I bring years of experience in graphic, digital, and identity design to my work.

Right brain, left brain.

A decade of freelance graphic and digital design, an apprenticeship in experience design, and three years of agency and in-house work in brand strategy, communications, and storytelling mean I can't help but bring some right-brained thinking to the left-brained world of academic ethics.

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ethics + Design


ethics + Design


In 2013, I began a series of projects at Georgetown that involved the deliberate interface of design and ethics, including designing the user experience of the world's first massive open online course (MOOC) in bioethics, serving as a curricular advisor and project mentor for a series of experimental ethics courses and workshops drawing methods from design practice, and co-founding the world's first innovation lab focused on specifically ethical challenges: Ethics Lab.

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Say Hello


Say Hello


want to work together?

Whether you're interested in collaborating on an ethics or education project, or looking for a freelance designer for a digital, graphic, or identity design project (I still do that!), I'm easy to reach. I'm currently based in DC but have consulted and worked remotely on a variety of projects. Find me on social media via the buttons below, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@gmail.com to start a conversation.