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Faculty & Advisors


courtney campbellCourtney S. Campbell, Ph.D., Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture, Professor of Philosophy
Professor Campbell teaches and does research on ethics in the physician-patient relationship, new medical technologies (reproductive, genetic, transplant), and ethics at the end of life.  He also writes on the concept of embodiment in medicine, and teaches courses on the meanings of death and dying.  







melissa cheyneyMelissa Cheyney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Professor Cheyney’s research as a medical anthropologist focuses on evolutionary medicine, which examines contemporary health conditions, including maternal and infant health patterns, in cross-cultural and evolutionary perspective. She is a licensed midwife who oversees the OSU Reproductive Health Lab.






anita guerriniAnita Guerrini, Ph.D., Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History
Professor Guerrini is a historian of the life sciences and medicine, with strong interests in environmental history and the history of animals. She has published books and essays addressing issues in biomedical research and in the history of medicine. 








Anita HelleAnita Helle, Ph.D.,  Associate Chair of English, Professor of English
Professor Helle does research on literature and confession, gender and illness, and women’s elegies. She participated in the 2009 Columbia University Narrative Medicine workshop. 







Sunil KhannaSunil Khanna, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
Professor Khanna is a medical anthropologist interested in examining the complex interrelations of biology, culture, gender, ethnicity, and health in South Asia and the U.S.  His most recent publication focuses on prenatal sex determination and sex-selection abortion in India.







Michael OsborneMichael A. Osborne, Ph.D., Professor of History of Science
Professor Osborne teaches and does research on the history of medicine and the life sciences, particularly the history of epidemic disease and tropical medicine. He writes on modern medicine, climate change and health, and collaborates with colleagues in developmental biology on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research.







Certificate Advisors

Courtney Campbell,
Claire Colvin,
Kelly Kneece,
Chere Pereira,