Faculty and Staff Directory

Leadership Team

Sean Valles

Sean A. Valles

  • Director and Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Pronouns: he/him/his

Expertise: health equity, philosophy, population health, public health, race, social determinants of health

 

Karen Kelly-Blake

Karen Kelly-Blake

  • Associate Director of Academic Programming, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Medicine
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: health services research, shared decision-making, decision aid development and implementation, clinical communication skills and training, mHealth, men’s health, medical workforce policy, health equity, medical education curriculum development, medical education faculty development

 

Karla Bauer

Karla Bauer

Center Administrator

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • bauerka@msu.edu
  • 517-353-5197

Karla Bauer is the Center Administrator/Fiscal Officer. She supports the Center’s Director by managing financial reporting, budget planning and administration, human resources, contract and grant management as well as strategic planning.

 

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Liz McDaniel

Communications Coordinator

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • mcdan108@msu.edu
  • 517-355-3474

Liz McDaniel manages digital media outreach and communications for the Center, including the website and blog, social media, and webinar and podcast series. Liz also provides event planning and faculty support.

Faculty

Leonard Fleck

Leonard Fleck

  • Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Philosophy
  • Pronouns: he/him/his

Expertise: medical ethics, health care policy, social and political philosophy, genome technology, precision medicine, health care rationing, democratic deliberation on bioethical issues, public health preparedness, death and dying

 

Larissa Fluegel

Larissa Fluegel

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Learning Society Fellow, CHM West
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: medical ethics and public health; medical education and health promotion; integration of ethics, health policy, distributive justice and evidence base in the practice of medicine

 

Monica List

Monica List

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: animal welfare, environmental philosophy, feminist philosophy, food and farming systems, philosophy of science, veterinary medicine

 

Megh Marathe

Megh Marathe

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Expertise: epilepsy, disability, LGBTQIA+ experiences, ethnography, science & technology studies, information studies, social analyses of medical and civic technology, inclusive technology

 

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Jennifer McCurdy

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: clinical bioethics consultation, policy-writing, education; application of critical social theories to bioethics: postcolonialism, anti-colonialism, critical race, religious studies; health equity; interdisciplinary bioethics education; critical care ethics

 

Michelle Pham

Michelle T. Pham

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Medicine
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: neuroethics, medical ethics, philosophy of science, social epistemology, feminist philosophy

 

Adjunct Faculty

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Christopher Contag

Expertise: biomedicine, biomedical engineering, microbiology, molecular imaging, precision health and medicine

 

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Sabrina Ford

Expertise: cancer disparities, cancer prevention and intervention, health behaviors, endometriosis, ademoyosis and liemyomas, STDs and HIV in young women

 

Emeritum Faculty

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Judith Andre

Professor Emerita, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Philosophy

 

Libby Bogdan-Lovis

Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis

Senior Specialist Emerita, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

 

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Margaret Holmes-Rovner

Professor Emerita, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Medicine

 

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Tom Tomlinson

Professor Emeritus, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, Department of Philosophy