Women's and Gender Studies
B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A.R., Iliff School of Theology; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Founders Hall 321
Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Interests: health and health care both public and global and the ethics and policy thereof, and feminist and religiously-based approaches to justice.
Charlene is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College as well as a Faculty Fellow with Wellesley’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to Wellesley, she taught at Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine, was a Medical Ethics Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Tufts-New England Medical Center Ethics Committee. Charlene teaches courses in feminist bioethics, gender justice and health policy, women and health, global health, and U.S. public health. She has been honored with Wellesley’s Anna and Samuel Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching and with the Outstanding Contribution to the Academy Alumni/ae Award from the Iliff School of Theology.
Charlene’s research addresses the ethics of health and health care. She is especially interested in philosophical and theological notions/theories of justice that attend to gender, race, class and other relevant social structures. In particular, she studies the roles that communities and social groups (sub-national as well as transnational) play in determining the nature of just health and health care. Related research interests include public health ethics, institutional discrimination in U.S. blood donation policy, U.S. health care reform and its consequences for undocumented immigrants, reproductive justice, and religiously-based medical sharing plans.
Charlene’s academic interests are experientially grounded in and inspired by her early public health work with rural community and migrant health centers and the communities they serve, with the Colorado Community Health Network (a state-wide primary health care association), and her tenure on the National Migrant Health Advisory Committee (DHHS Secretary appointment). She received a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, M.A.R. from the Iliff School of Theology and an A.M. and Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University.