J. Paul Kelleher

Position title: Associate Professor

Email: paul.kelleher@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-8561

Room 1432, Medical Sciences Center

Associate Professor J Paul Kelleher


Applied ethics and political philosophy as they bear on health policy.


Paul Kelleher is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical History & Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Philosophy. He received a PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Program in Ethics & Health at Harvard University. Professor Kelleher works in areas of applied ethics and political philosophy that have a bearing on health policy (broadly construed). Specific interests include: public health ethics, climate change ethics and economics, justice and health care, and rationing/priority-setting.

Curriculum Vitae

J. Paul Kelleher’s C.V.


Ph.D., Cornell University, Philosophy, 2008

B.A., Colgate University, Philosophy, 2001

Selected Articles

J. Paul Kelleher, “Pure Time Preference in Intertemporal Welfare Economics,” Economics and Philosophy (forthcoming).

J. Paul Kelleher, “Capabilities versus Resources,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (2015), 151-171.

J. Paul Kelleher, “Is there a Sacrifice-Free Solution to Climate Change?,” Ethics, Policy & Environment 18:1; (2015), 68-78.

J. Paul Kelleher, “Beneficence, Justice, and Health Care,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24:1 (2014), 27-49.

J. Paul Kelleher, “Relevance and Non-Consequentialist Aggregation,” Utilitas 26:4 (2014), 385-408.

Selected Book Sections

“Health Inequalities and Relational Egalitarianism” section in Rebecca Walker, Mara Buchbinder, and Michele Rivkin-Fish, eds., Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: Bridging Perspectives for New Conversations (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

“Efficiency and Equity in Health: Philosophical Considerations” section in Anthony Culyer, ed., Encyclopedia of Health Economics Vol. 1 (Elsevier, 2014).

Courses taught

The following courses are required for the Path of Distinction in Bioethics (POD-B) for SMPH student in the MD program.

MHB 729: Introduction to Bioethics
MHB 730: Topics in Bioethics
MHB 741: Ethical Issues in Public Health
MHB 742: Ethics and U.S. Health Care Policy

Website: www.paulkelleher.net