Klasien Horstman (1959) was trained as a philosophical and historical sociologist at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her master’s thesis dealt with the socio-historical context of the rise of the pragmatist philosophy of language. 
 
Her PhD, at Maastricht University, addressed the growing role of predictive and preventive medical expertise and technology in life insurance. Her work since has focused on preventive health technologies.
 

To understand the sciences and cultures of prevention, she works at the interface of philosophy, sociology, and science and technology studies. Between 2001 and 2009 she was an associate professor in Maastricht as well as Socrates Professor in Philosophy and Ethics of Bioengineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. During these years she worked on a number of projects focusing on the ethical and societal consequences of genetic and biomedical technologies. Since 2009 she has been professor of Philosophy of Public Health at Maastricht University.

Since 2015 she is leading the researchline Inequity, Particiaption, Globalisation, one of the 6 researchlines of the Care and Public Health Research Institute CAPHRI, in the Faculty Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.  This is a highly interdisciplinary research program. Disciplines like  philosophy, sociology, anthropology, global health, science and technology studies, health sciences, social epidemiology, occupational health, youth health, infectious diseases prevention, medical icrobiology collaborate with respect to a shared interest in the public and societal dimension of health  and health care.

She is director of the Participatory Public Health Centre Maastricht-Tomsk and member of the International Advisory Board of Siberian State Medical University. She is coordinator of the interdisciplinary Erasmus+ program  Bridging Innovations, Health and Society (2015-2018).