Keisha Ray earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah. Before becoming an assistant professor with the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics, she was an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University, a postdoctoral fellow with the McGovern Center, a lecturer at various universities in Texas and Utah, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of South Carolina.

Most of Dr. Ray’s work focuses on the social determinants of racial disparities in health and health care and incorporating race education into medical school curricula. Additionally, she works on justice questions related to biomedical enhancement. She also has interests in bioethics in general, biomedical research ethics, and medical humanities. She has contributed to peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and textbooks and currently has two monographs in progress on racial disparities in health. Dr. Ray was also appointed as senior editor of the American Journal of Bioethics online blog site to which she is a regular contributor.


Bachelor of Arts
Baylor University
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Utah

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

Biomedical enhancement
Distributive justice in health care
Biomedical research ethics
Race and medicine
Sports philosophy