• Distinguished Professor, Philosophy
  • Adjunct Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept Of Internal Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department
  • Alfred C. Emery Endowed Professor, College Of Law
  • Distinguished Professor, College Of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept Of Internal Medicine


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Michigan. Project: Impartiality and the Justification of Moral Principles
  • JD, Law, University of Utah


Leslie P. Francis, Ph.D., J.D., holds joint appointments as Alfred C. Emery professor of law and professor of philosophy, and adjunct appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine (in the Division of Public Health), Internal Medicine (in the Division of Medical Ethics), and Political Science, at the University of Utah. She was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2009 and became director of the University of Utah Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences in 2015. Professor Francis was President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2015-2016. She currently serves as the elected Secretary-General of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy and as a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  She is past co-chair of the Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where she currently serves as a member of the Working Group on Data Access and Use. Professor Francis also has been a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging.


Professor Francis's books include The Patient as Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease (co-authored with Battin, Jacobson, & Smith; Oxford University Press 2010); Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know (co-authored with John Francis; Oxford, forthcoming June 2017); and Sustaining Surveillance: the Ethics and Politics of Public Health Data Use (co-authored with John Francis; forthcoming Springer 2018).  She edited the Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics (Oxford, January 2017) and is the author of many papers in the areas of disability law and ethics, privacy and data use, justice, and bioethics.

Blog Posts & Media Highlights

#FrancisOnFilm: Mission Impossible, The Week in Health Law Podcast August 2, 2018

Making "Meaningful Access" Meaningful: Equitable Healthcare for Divisive Times: Harvard Law School's "Bill of Health" blog May 27, 2018

No Dark Algorithms Here, The Week in Health Law Podcast July 6, 2017