Stephen Molldrem, PhD
Assistant Professor

Stephen Molldrem, PhD

  • Stephen Molldrem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health and the Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities. He was previously a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Anthropology, and received his PhD in American Culture with a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Molldrem’s research has been supported by a range of fellowships, grants, and awards, including an NIH bioethics supplement. His publications have appeared in an interdisciplinary range of venues, including The American Journal of Bioethics, Health Policy, First Monday, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

    Dr. Molldrem is a qualitative researcher situated at the intersection of public health ethics, critical bioethics, policy studies, LGBTQ/sexuality studies, and STS. Methodologically, he employs ethnography, qualitative fieldwork methods, policy analysis, frameworks from social theory, and approaches from STS such as infrastructure studies and actor-network theory. His current program of research focuses on ethical and socio-technical issues that arise from uses of data about infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, M. tuberculosis (TB), and SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 by researchers and public health agencies, with a particular emphasis on pathogen genomic epidemiology. He also studies how the collection of data about sexuality and gender has been standardized in the US healthcare system, along with related issues in the history of academic sexology in the 20th century US. Stephen is an engaged scholar who works with multiple stakeholder groups on issues related to domestic and global health policy.

    • BA, Political Communication (with Special Honors), magna cum laude, The George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs
    • MA, American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Certificate of Graduate Studies, Science, Technology, and Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
  • Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health
    Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities

  • Email:

    Maurice Ewing Hall, Suite 3.102
    700 Harborside Drive
    Galveston, Texas

    Mailing address:
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    Attn: Dr. Stephen Molldrem
    Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities
    301 University Boulevard
    Galveston, Texas 77555-1311