Jason Gaverick Matheny

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Interests: emerging disruptive technologies, catastrophic risks, existential risks, economics, evaluation, ethics, agriculture, biodefense, biosecurity, uncertainty, forecasting, modeling and simulation, risk analysis, epidemiology

Current affliations: IARPA / ODNI

Past affliations: Oxford University / FHI, World Bank, Center for Biosecurity, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, Princeton University's Center for Human ValuesNew HarvestCenter for Global Development, Population Services International, Packard Foundation, Family Health International, Seva Foundation.


Matheny, J.G., B. Smith, B. Courtney, M. Mair, "Developing Drugs and Vaccines for Infectious Diseases," Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 85(6), 2009.

Matheny, J.G., M.M. Cirkovic, A. Sandberg, "How can we reduce the risk of human extinction?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , September 2008.

Matheny, J.G., M. Mair, B. Smith, "Biodefense: how costly and how likely to succeed?" Nature Biotechnology 26(9), 2008. 

Abramovich, M.N., E.S. Toner, J.G. Matheny, "Panalysis: A New Spreadsheet-Based Tool for Pandemic Planning" Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 6(1), 2008.

Matheny, J.G., "Reducing the risk of human extinction," Risk Analysis 27(5), 2007. Coverage by Nature and Faculty of 1000.

Matheny, J.G., M. Mair, A. Mulcahy, B.T. Smith, "Incentives for biodefense countermeasure development," Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 5(3), 2007.

Gronvall, G.K., J.G. Matheny, B.T. Smith, et al., "Flexible Defense Roundtable Meeting: Promoting the Strategic Innovation of Medical Countermeasures," Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 5(3), 2007.

Gronvall, G.K., B.T. Smith, J.G. Matheny, et al., "Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Roundtable," Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 5(2), 2007.

Matheny, J.G., E. Toner, R.E. Waldhorn, "Costs and benefits of pandemic preparedness atU.S. hospitals," Journal of Health Care Finance34(1), 2007.

Matheny, J.G., C. Leahy, "Farm animal welfare, legislation, and global trade," Law and Contemporary Problems 70:325-57, 2007.

Matheny, J.G., K.M.A. Chan, "Human diets and animal welfare," Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 18 (6), 2005.

Edelman, P.E., D.C. McFarland, V.A. Mironov, J.G. Matheny, "In vitro cultured meat production," Tissue Engineering 11 (5/6), 2005.

Matheny, J.G., "Family planning programs: getting the most for the money," International Family Planning Perspectives 30 (3), 2004.

Matheny, J.G., "Least harm," Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 16 (5), 2003.

Matheny, J.G., "Expected utility, contributory causation, and vegetarianism," Journal of Applied Philosophy, 19 (3), 2002.
Book chapters           
Matheny, J.G., "Alternatives to meat production," in Swabe (ed.) Meat the Truth: Essays on Livestock Production, Sustainability and Climate Change, forthcoming.
Fearing, J., J.G. Matheny, "The Role of Economics in Achieving Welfare Gains for Animals," in D. Salem and A. Rowan (eds.), State of the Animals IV, Humane Society of the United States, 2007.
Levine, R., A. Langer, N. Birdsall, J.G. Matheny, M. Wright, A. Bayer, "Contraception," in Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, 2nd ed., D.T. Jamison, et al. (eds.), New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Matheny, J.G. "Utilitarianism and animals," in Peter Singer, ed., In Defense of Animals, Blackwell, 2005.
Unfinished papers
Stafforini, P., J.G. Matheny, M.M. Cirkovic, "Ought we worry about human extinction?"
Ph.D.               Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
M.P.H.            Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
M.B.A.            Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
B.A.                University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Recommended books and papers
Astronomical Waste by Nick Bostrom
The Next Really Big Enormous Thing by Robin Hanson
Catastrophe by Richard Posner
Practical Ethics by Peter Singer
Weighing Lives by John Broome
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit