Postdoctoral Fellowship

In 2013, the McGovern Center started its Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in medical humanities and bioethics. Fellows work with the Center for two years and are provided with opportunities to apply the humanities to healthcare through teaching, research, and scholarship. Our fellows teach in Center electives, such as Introduction to Medical Humanities and Humanistic Elements of Medicine, facilitate small groups in ethics courses across the university, and develop their own courses, such as “Doctors in Medicine,” “Quackery in Medical History,” and “Lived Experiences of Illness.”

To date, the Center has welcomed seven postdoctoral fellows.


  • Timothy Houk 2018-2019

    Timothy Houk, PhD, MA
    Faculty, Department of Philosophy, College of the Sequoias

  • Christine Wieseler 2016-2018

    Christine Wieseler, PhD, MA
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Skidmore College

  • Alina Bennett 2016-2017

    Alina Bennett, PhD, MPH, MA
    Regional Ethicist, Kaiser Permanente; and Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, California State University, East Bay

  • Keisha Ray 2015-2016

    Keisha Ray, PhD
    Assistant Professor, McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics, UTHealth

  • Woods Nash 2014-2016

    Woods Nash, PhD, MPH
    Faculty, Medicine and Society Program in The Honors College, University of Houston

  • Claire Clark 2014-2015

    Claire Clark, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky

  • Ben Saxton 2013-2014

    Ben Saxton, PhD
    Faculty, Bard Early College; and Adjunct Faculty, Program in Medical Ethics & Human Values, Tulane University School of Medicine