J. McCurdy

Jennifer McCurdyPhD, BSN, MH, HEC-C

Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Philosophy
ADM 250


  • 2019: University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Emphasis in ethics, colonialism, critical religious studies)
  • 2005 University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO
    • Master of Humanities (Emphasis in philosophy and bioethics)
  • 1995 University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors


I am a critical social bioethicist whose work focuses on understanding and eliminating racial and colonial injustices in contemporary health settings and communities.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Resistance and Reclamation: A Discourse on Colonialism 
  • God, Gold, and Glory: Colonialism and Racism
  • Eastern Philosophy and Religion
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Western Religion


McCurdy, J.L. and Dupree, C.Y. (2021). Understanding and Addressing Disparities through a Racial Paradigm in Hester DM, Schonfeld T, Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees—an anthology of newly written material to help educate ethics committee members, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press.
McCurdy, J.L. (2022). McCurdy, J. (2022). Commitment to Seeing: Anti-Black Racism, Black Geographies. Hastings Center Report.  
Jotterand, F., McCurdy, J., & Elger, B. (2020). Cognitive enhancers, intellectual disability, and personal identity: emerging ethical issues. In Rosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease (pp. 199-207). Academic Press. (Updated publication)
Jotterand, F. and McCurdy, J. (2015). Ethics of Transhumanism: In Global Context in The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Springer Publishers.