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Dien Ho, PhD
Director of the Center for Health Humanities
Professor of Philosophy and Healthcare Ethics

Dien Ho Dien Ho is an associate professor of philosophy and his research focuses on reproductive ethics, clinical ethics, theoretical reasoning, and philosophy of pharmaceutics. He is the director of the Center for Health Humanities at MCPHS. He has taught a wide-range of courses from 750-student logic lectures, to graduate seminars on analytic paradoxes, to healthcare ethics for clinicians. Dien was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States at 13. In addition to his love for philosophy, he is also passionate about cycling and zombies.

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Carol-Ann Farkas, PhD
Director of Writing Programs
Professor of English

Carol Ann Farkas Carol-Ann Farkas, PhD is Professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences at MCPHS in Boston. She teaches writing, nineteenth-century fiction, and narrative and medicine. A scholar with a background in Victorian and cultural studies, she currently specializes in the interdisciplinary study of medicine and wellness in popular culture. She is a founding member of the MCPHS Center for Health Humanities, and in 2020 will direct a new undergraduate degree program in health humanities. Her most recent publication is an edited anthology published in 2017, Reading the Psychosomatic in Medical and Popular Culture: Something, Nothing, Everything (Routledge).

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Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, PhD
Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Political Science

Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman is professor of American studies and political science at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston. She received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and her Ph.D. in American studies from Case Western Reserve University. Tebbe has written articles about women writers and the health professions and mass media. She is working on a book about the cultural history of the drugstore in American life to be published by the University of Michigan Press.

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Kenneth Richman, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Health Care Ethics

Kenneth Richman My background is in analytic philosophy and history of early modern philosophy. I have worked on naturalism in Hume’s theory of belief, philosophy of medicine and theories of health, and ethical issues raised by community-based research. My current project addresses ethics, autism, and moral responsibility.

In Spring 2016 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Neuroethics Research Unit of the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montreal, working on autism and moral responsibility. For the first half of 2017, I continued this work at the Gothenburg Responsibility Project of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

At MCPHS, I teach philosophy and bioethics. I also chair the University’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects of research.

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Christian Nelson, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Christian Nelson is an Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Arts and Sciences at MCPHS. He received his Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication from the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His dissertation focused on the phenomenon of turn-taking from a Conversation Analytic and Ethnomethodological perspective. Besides his continued work on turn-taking, Christian has been working on an ethnographic analysis of the ambiguity of the retail pharmacy situation, and on an analysis of the cultural concept of authenticity, including its relation to the phenomenon of "cosmetic psychopharmacology."

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Ellen Ginsburg, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

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