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Dr Francis McKay

Dr Francis McKay

Francis McKay

BA, MA, PhD


Research Fellow In Ethics And Social Implications Of Digital Health

Francis Mckay is a medical anthropologist and researcher at the Ethox Centre, working on the ethics of digital pathology within the Northern Pathology Imaging Cooperative (NPIC). He conducts ethnographic research across west Yorkshire and neighbouring regions on the emergent ethical concerns around the implementation of digital pathology.

From 2019 to 2020 he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Berkeley Center for New Media and a research fellow for the Berggruen Institute's "Transformations of the Human" Project. From 2016 to 2019 he was the Earl S Johnson Instructor in Anthropology for the University of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences.

He is currently writing a book, an ethnographic study of mindfulness-based therapies in the US, entitled Homo-eudaimonicus: A Phenomenology of Flourishing. His most recent publication, in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (2019), is "Equanimity: The somatization of a moral sentiment from the eighteenth to late twentieth century". His area of research expertise are moral and medical anthropology, science and technology studies, AI ethics, and contemplative studies. 

He holds a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago; an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago; and a Joint B.A. Hons in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Manchester.

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