Jennifer McCurdy

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Assistant Professor

Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

Department of Medicine

  • A-126B East Fee Hall
  • (517) 432-5185
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • PhD 2019 University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology
  • MH 2005 University of Colorado at Denver


Dr. McCurdy’s current research focuses on structural and epistemological factors impacting the health and well-being of intersectionally marginalized people and communities. Current projects include a scoping review of Indigenous and eurochristian worldviews in the bioethics literature; medical curricula implementation on structural competency; a manuscript on epistemological harms of brain death, and a book project featuring an anti-colonial analysis of bioethics.

Selected Publications

Pham MT, McCurdy J. Who's Experience, Which Liability? Am J Bioeth. 2023 Jan;23(1):41-43.

McCurdy J. “Colonial Geographies, Black Geographies, and Bioethics,” in A Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti‐Black Racism through Intergenerational Dialogue, ed. Fletcher FE, Ray KS, Brown VA, Smith PT, special report, Hastings Center Report. March-April 2022;52(S1):S66-S68. DOI: 10.1002/hast.1375.

McCurdy JL, Dupree CY. Understanding and Addressing Health Disparities through a Racial Paradigm. In: Hester DM, Schonfeld TL, eds. Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2022:30-38. DOI: 10.1017/9781108788250.005.

Jotterand F, McCurdy J, Elger B. Cognitive enhancers, intellectual disability, and personal identity: emerging ethical issues. In: Rosenberg RN, Pascual JM, eds. Rosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease. Vol 1. Sixth ed. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press; 2020:199-207.

Jotterand, F. and McCurdy, J. Ethics of Transhumanism: In Global Context in The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Springer Publishers.

Selected Achievements and Awards

  • Co-Chair and Ethics Consultant for the McLaren Greater Lansing Ethics Committee
  • 2021 Task Force Member, Hastings Center Special Report: “A Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti-Blackness through Intergenerational Dialogue”
  • 2019-2022 Co-chair, Race, Culture, and Ethnicity Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities