Alexis Walker

Hecht-Levi Fellow


Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Alexis Walker is a political and medical anthropologist trained in Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, where she received her PhD in 2017. She has conducted research and authored publications on the history of health governance in the Caribbean, the politics of patenting biotechnology in the US and Europe, and the regulation of endocrine disrupters in the US and France, among other topics. As a Hecht-Levi Fellow, she is working with the Bridging Infectious Diseases, Genomics & Society (BRIDGES) project, directing a component of the pilot on Genetic Variation, Research Cohorts and Vulnerable Populations at Risk of HIV and HCV Infection. Alexis received her BA in Biology from Brown University in 2006.


  • Ph.D., Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • B.A., Biology, Brown University

Recent Publications

Walker A, Boyce A, Duggal P, Thio CL, Geller G. Under review. Drug Pricing, Rationing and Human Genetics: The Need for Debate on Stratifying Access to Medication. Public Health Ethics.

Walker A, Boyce A, Duggal P, Thio CL, Geller G. Under review. Expert Perspectives on Privacy and Actionability in Genomics and Infectious Disease Research. Ethics & Human Research.

Walker A, Kennedy C, Taylor D, Paul A. Revise and resubmit. Rethinking Resistance: Public Health Professionals on Empathy and Ethics in the 2014-2015 Ebola Response in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Critical Public Health.

Walker A. 2019. Into the Machine: Economic Tools, Sovereignty and Joy in a Global Health Institution. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Forthcoming.

Boyce A, Walker A, Duggal P, Thio C, Geller G. 2019. Personal Genetic Information about HIV: Research Participants’ Views of¬†Behavioral, Social and Ethical Implications. Public Health Genomics.

Walker A, Boyce A, Geller G, Thio DL, Kahn JP. 2018. Direct-acting antivirals and hepatitis C: the ethics of price and rationing by genotype. Clinical Infectious Diseases 67(6): 983-984.

Walker A and Fox E. 2018. Why Marginalization, Not Vulnerability, Can Best Identify People in Need of Special Medical and Nutrition Care. AMA Journal of Ethics 20(10): E940-946.