Erika Blacksher, PhD
Erika Blacksher, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research examines the ethical and policy implications of social determinants of and inequalities in health, particularly as they relate to U.S. health system reform, the ethics of health promotion, theories of social justice, and participatory and deliberative approaches to advance health equity. She also has created and contributed to innovative programs that engage diverse audiences (from lay citizens to state legislators) in moral dialogue about contentious healthy policy issues.
She teaches courses that examine ethical issues raised by the social gradient in health and social and health policies to close the health gap. Her training and experience include receiving a PhD and MA (bioethics) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, three years as a research scholar for public health ethics and policy at The Hastings Center in Garrison, New York, and five years at The Center for Practical Bioethics, a community-based bioethics center in Kansas City, Mo. Blacksher’s undergraduate degrees are in philosophy and in journalism from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.