Ashley Feinsinger, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Feinsinger is bioethics faculty in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at UCLA. Her interests lie at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of language, and medicine, and she received her PhD in Philosophy from UCLA. Her current work at the David Geffen School of Medicine involves researching, teaching, and designing curricular materials in the areas of bioethics and medical communication, with an emphasis on the physician-patient and researcher-participant relationship. She is co-chair of the bioethics selective for first and second year medical students, ethics curriculum team member for Doctoring 1, and she has developed and currently teaches a two-course undergraduate series in medical ethics in the department of philosophy. She also works with the Department of Neurosurgery on the ethics of invasive non-therapeutic human neuroscience research and the notion of societal benefit. This collaboration is currently supported by the NIH BRAIN Initiative.


Work Titles
UCLA Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medicine Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Certification Type:
2019 University of Washington School of Medicine , Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

Contact Information:

Work Address:

885 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024


A selected list of publications:

Feinsinger A, Pham M, Pouratian N.   The value of heterogeneity in practices to promote ethical research, AJOB Neuroscience, 2021; 12(1): 80-82.
Feinsinger A.   The variation problem Philosophical Studies, 2021; 178: 317-338.
Campelia G and Feinsinger A.   Creating space for feminist ethics in medical school, HEC Forum, 2020; 32: 111-124.
Feinsinger A and Friedell D.   Medicalization and linguistic agency Ratio, 2020; 33(4): 232-242.
Feinsinger A.   The semantic lexicon and analyticity, UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, Papers in Semantics, 2012; 16: 51-68.

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