Hello and welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 2017-19 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and Humanities at The Hastings Center. I received my PhD and MA in Philosophy from Emory University and my BA in Philosophy as well as Religious Studies from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
My work centers on the relationship between bodies, values, and society, and their effects on wellbeing. I am especially concerned with the meaning of disability and the issue of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might improve the lives of people with disabilities and the justness of social institutions ranging from medicine to politics. Towards this aim, my research is decidedly interdisciplinary, though primarily carried out at the intersection of bioethics, philosophy of disability and disability studies, 19th-20th century American and European philosophy (esp. phenomenology), and applied epistemology. I also draw heavily from feminist philosophy (esp. care ethics), philosophy of medicine, and the health humanities.
My first book, Ethics After Ableism: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality, is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press in 2019. With Christine Wieseler, I am co-editor of The Disability Bioethics Reader, currently under proposal review with Routledge. It will be the first general introduction to bioethics through the lens of critical disability studies and philosophy of disability. I am also co-editor, with Erik Parens, of a special issue of The Hastings Center Report on “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” forthcoming in winter 2019. In addition to a series of articles, my current research is developing into a new book, The Good Biocitizen: Social Justice and the Future of Health. Other ongoing projects include studies on the intersection of hermeneutic phenomenology and narrative medicine, epistemic injustice and ableism, care ethics and the “duty to know,” the history of modern medicine and bioethics, ELSI research pertaining to disability, and the role of epistemologies of ignorance in healthcare delivery.
Published work of mine can be found in the American Journal of Bioethics, Hypatia, The Hastings Center Report, AMA Journal of Ethics, Chiasmi International, The Review of Communication, and Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. My public philosophy has been featured in TIME, HuffPost, AEON, and Tedx.