Sean A. Valles, PhD

Sean A. Valles, PhD
  • Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Center for Bioethics and Social Justice
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Sean A. Valles, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice.

Dr. Valles is a philosopher of health specializing in the ethical and evidentiary complexities of how social contexts combine to create patterns of inequitable health disparities. His work includes studying the challenges of responsibly using race and ethnicity concepts in monitoring health disparities, scrutinizing the rhetoric of the COVID-19 pandemic as an ‘unprecedented’ problem that could not be prepared for, and examining how biomedicine meshes with public health and population health.

Dr. Valles is author of the 2018 book “Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era.” He is also co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series "Bioethics for Social Justice.” Dr. Valles received his PhD in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University Bloomington.


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