Postdoctoral Fellowship

In 2013, the McGovern Center launched the 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, give presentations aligned with the McGovern Medical School curriculum, 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 10 postdoctoral fellows.

Margarita Ortiz, JD, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics


Timothy Houk, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of the Sequoias


Christine Wieseler, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


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


Keisha Ray, PhD
McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine; Associate Professor; Director, Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration; and Director, Longitudinal Themes, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston


Woods Nash, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Houston College of Medicine


Claire Clark, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science; Director of Graduate Studies in Clinical and Translational Science; and Director of Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Ben Saxton, PhD
Writer; Visiting Assistant Professor, Bard Early College; and Adjunct Instructor, Program in Medical Ethics & Human Values, Tulane University School of Medicine