Jennifer McCurdy

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Assistant Professor

Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

  • 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 the epistemologies of Western bioethics and their impacts on health and well-being of marginalized communities. Specific projects include a scoping review of Indigenous values in the bioethics literature, an anti-colonial analysis of the Jahi McMath case, and structural competency education for medical students. Other topical issues relevant to her research include clinical bioethics consultation, critical care ethics, moral courage, and decolonizing practices.

Selected Publications

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

  • Task Force Member, Hastings Center Special Report: “A Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti-Blackness through Intergenerational Dialogue”
  • Co-chair, Race, Culture, and Ethnicity Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities