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 7 postdoctoral fellows, with its 8th fellow who joined in Fall 2022.

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
Assistant Professor and Director, Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, 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; and Director of Graduate Studies, 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