Hello and welcome to my website! I’m currently the Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. I received my PhD and MA in Philosophy from Emory University and my BA at the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Before coming to Hastings, I taught at Dillard University on an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
My teaching, research, and public engagement center on issues concerning ethics, embodiment, and society, especially as these relate to biomedical practice, biopolitics, and questions concerning disability. Seeking to bring reflective and empirical insights together, I draw upon work across the humanities and social sciences.
My fellowship at The Hastings Center is a component of their Humanities Research Initiative (HRI), a major new research program created through an NEH challenge grant to enlarge and deepen its core commitment to humanities-based scholarship in bioethics and continued leadership in this area. In that stead, I am pursuing the HRI’s current theme, “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge.” The questions I am asking include: do individuals have, as some scholars have recently suggested, a duty to know whatever genomic information is available about them? What is genomic responsibility? What is biocitizenship? What are the larger philosophical and ethical implications of the age of the genome?
In addition to research undertaken at The Hastings Center, I am completing the monograph-form of my dissertation project, “The Life Worth Living: Ethics and the Experiences of Disability,” and developing a major project on the the meaning of ability in the later Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. My applied work in bioethics mutually reinforces ongoing research in continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology), ethics (esp. care ethics), and philosophy of disability.