Osagie K. Obasogie

Professor of Bioethics
UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program, Community Health Sciences

  • Haas Distinguished Chair

Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health.

Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. Obasogie’s scholarly interests include Constitutional law, policing and police use of force, sociology of law, bioethics, race and inequality in law and medicine, and reproductive and genetic technologies. His writings have spanned both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in venues such as Cornell Law Review, California Law Review (forthcoming), Law & Society ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional LawStanford Technology Law Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics along with commentaries in outlets including the The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The AtlanticSlateLos Angeles TimesBoston Globe, and New Scientist. His first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press) was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. His second book, Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics (co-edited with Marcy Darnovsky, University of California Press) is an edited volume that examines the past, present, and future of bioethics. Obasogie received his B.A. in Sociology and Political Science (with distinction in both majors) from Yale University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.

  • PhD – University of California, Berkeley
  • JD – Columbia Law School
  • BA – Yale University
  • Bioethics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Policing and Police Use of Force
  • Reproductive and Genetic Technologies
  • Race in Law and Medicine

Osagie K. Obasogie, BLINDED BY SIGHT: SEEING RACE THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BLIND, Stanford University Press (2014)

Osagie K. Obasogie and Marcy Darnovsky (eds.), BEYOND BIOETHICS: TOWARD A NEW BIOPOLITICS, University of California Press (2018).

Articles and Essays

Osagie K. Obasogie and Anna Zaret, Medical Professionals, Excessive Force, and the Fourth Amendment, 109 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW ___ (Forthcoming 2021).

Osagie K. Obasogie and Zachary Newman, The Endogenous Fourth Amendment: An Empirical Assessment of How Police Understandings of Excessive Force Become Constitutional Law, 104 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 1281 (2019).

Osagie K. Obasogie and Zachary Newman, Constitutional Interpretation Without Judges: Police Violence, Excessive Force, and Remaking the Fourth Amendment, 105 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 425 (2019).Symposium Contribution. 

Osagie K. Obasogie and Zachary Newman, The Futile Fourth Amendment: From Individual to Structural Understandings of Police Violence, 112 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1465 (2018). Symposium Contribution.

Osagie K. Obasogie, Can the Blind Lead the Blind? Rethinking Equal Protection Jurisprudence Through an Empirical Examination of Blind People’s Understanding of Race, 15 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 705 (2013).

Osagie K. Obasogie and Helen Theung, Moore is Less: Why the Development of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Might Lead Us to Rethink Differential Property Interests in Excised Human Cells, 16 STANFORD TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW 51 (2012).

Osagie K. Obasogie, Prisoners as Human Subjects: A Closer Look at the Institute of Medicine’s Recommendations to Loosen Current Restrictions on Using Prisoners in Scientific Research, 6 STANFORD JOURNAL OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND AND CIVIL LIBERTIES 41 (2010).

Osagie K. Obasogie, Do Blind People See Race? Social, Legal, and Theoretical Considerations, 44 LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW 585 (2010).