Alexander Morgan Capron, University Professor at the University of Southern California, is the 2022-2024 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award. Capron received the award for his expertise in teaching and research.
Capron is a scholar of bioethics, health policy and public health. At USC, he occupies the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics at the Gould School of Law, is a Professor of Medicine and Law at the Keck School of Medicine, and co-directs USC’s Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics. He previously taught at Yale, Georgetown, and the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2010, Capron joined Phi Kappa Phi at USC and later served as the chapter president.
Capron's publications include more than a dozen books and 300 articles and book chapters which address ethical issues in medicine, research, healthcare and public health law and policy from local, state, national and global perspectives. His writings have been assigned to medical and law students across the United States.
Over the years, he has translated his knowledge of law and bioethics into action through service. President Bill Clinton appointed him to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and he has served on state, federal and United Nations advisory bodies and testified before congressional committees.
His many honors and awards include the 2016 Walter Wolf Award for Defense of Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights given by the Academic Senate at USC.
"I feel very humbled to have been named the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar for 2022-2024," said Capron. "It is truly a signal honor to receive this recognition from an honor society dedicated to advancing academic values, which at the moment are often challenged. I see the situations when I have been able to bring my scholarship into domestic and international policymaking settings as a manifestation of PKP's motto, 'Let the love of learning rule humanity.' "