Seminar Series: From Carceral Healthcare to Abolition Ethics: A Moral Obligation to Move Towards Justice by Jennifer James, PhD, MS, MSW

Monday, May 13, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bloomberg School of Public Health Feinstone Hall
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD

This talk will broadly consider carcerality in care:  both how healthcare is delivered to people who are inarcerated and the ways in which carceral logics show up in routine healthcare. We will interrogate normative ethical questions of justice and autonomy and contend with the role of bioethics in the perpetuation of structural harm.

Jennifer James, PhD, MSW, MSSP, is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Bioethics Program at UCSF. Jen is a qualitative researcher and Black Feminist scholar who conducts community-engaged research on the intersection of race, gender and health. Her empirical ethics research is grounded in Black bioethics and challenging and advancing the way justice is considered in health and healthcare. Her current work is focused on experiences of health and illness for people who are or have been incarcerated. She holds a PhD in sociology from UCSF, a master’s in social work and a master’s of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in political science from Yale University. She is a current Greenwall Faculty Scholar and conducting community-based research on the forced sterilizations that occurred in California’s women’s prisons.