Charlene A. Galarneau, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and Director of the Health and Society Minor. Her research explores the ethics of health care, public health, and health policy that take seriously intersecting social relations including gender, “race,” and class. Her 2016 book, Communities of Health Care Justice, presents a concept of community justice that understands multiple and diverse communities as critical moral participants in determining the nature of justice in U.S. health care. Other areas of research include USPHS STD experiments in Guatemala, ACA exclusions (undocumented immigrants) and exemptions (health care sharing ministries), reproductive justice for migrant farmworker women, and FDA blood donor deferral policy. Her articles appear in The American Journal of Bioethics, The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Health and Human Rights, The Hastings Center Report, Public Health Ethics, and The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
In spring 2018, Charlene taught “Race, Gender and Sexuality in Bioethics” in the HMS Master of Bioethics program. She was an HMS Fellow in Medical Ethics (1999-2000); a member of the Ethics Committee of the Tufts-New England Medical Center (1999-2005); and a consultant to the development of a municipal ethics committee in Portland, Maine. Prior to Wellesley College she was faculty at Tufts University, Community Health Program (1996-2005) and held a secondary appointment at Tufts Medical School where she lectured in medical ethics, co-directed an ethics course for second year students, co-led curricular redesign in ethics and professionalism, and co-coordinated a monthly bioethics series with faculty university-wide.
Charlene has been on the Wellesley College faculty since 2005 and has been honored with the College’s Anna and Samuel Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Academy Alumni/ae Award from the Iliff School of Theology (Denver).
She received a doctorate from Harvard University with a focus in religious social ethics and health policy, and a master’s degree from the Iliff School of Theology. Her academic interests are inspired by her early health care work with rural community/migrant health centers and the communities they serve.
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Communities of Health Care Justice, 2016 (New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press), in press.