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Anya Prince

Anya Prince
Associate Professor of Law and Member of the University of Iowa Genetics Cluster

Professor Prince’s teaching and research interests explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic testing, with particular focus on genetic discrimination and privacy rights, the intersection of clinical and research ethics, and insurance coverage of genetic technologies and interventions.  Professor Prince is a former Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she taught New Genetics: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues and Employment Law.  She has published a variety of articles in legal, bioethics, and medical journals, including the American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and Genetics in Medicine, and she has presented and been an invited speaker at conferences across the country.  She was recently awarded a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Human Genome Research Institute to examine the use of genetic information by life, long-term care, and disability insurers.

Before joining the legal academy, Professor Prince served as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the UNC Center for Genomics and Society (CGS) in the Department of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine as well as an intern on the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee.  In 2015, she received the UNC’s Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence and received additional funding from the Skadden Foundation for her work on the hospital ethics committee.  In addition to her research role, Professor Prince has also worked as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Cancer Legal Resource Center in Los Angeles, California.

Professor Prince is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (cum laude, B.A.) and Georgetown University (M.P.P. and J.D.)


Professor Prince’s recent legal publications include “Prevention for Those Who Can Pay” in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences and “Tantamount to Fraud: Exploring Non-Disclosure of Genetic Information in Life Insurance Applications as Grounds for Policy Rescission” in Health Matrix. Her article, “Insurance Risk Classification in an Era of Genomics: Is a ‘Rational Discrimination’ Policy Rational?” is forthcoming in the Nebraska Law Review. Recent co-authored medical and bioethics articles include “Membership Recruitment and Training in Health Care Ethics Committees” in AJOB Empirical Bioethics, “Is There Evidence That We Should Screen the General Population for Lynch Syndrome with Genetic Testing?” in Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, and “Which Results to Return: Subjective Judgments in Selecting Medically Actionable Genes” in Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers.


BA, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004
MPP, Georgetown University, 2010
JD, Georgetown University, 2010