Hello and welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University, a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and core faculty in Georgetown’s disability studies program. I am also the founder and, along with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, the editor of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability.
At the broadest level, my work explores the relationship between bodies, values, and society. I am especially concerned with the meaning of disability, the issue of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might improve the lives of people with disabilities and the justness of institutions ranging from medicine to politics. Currently, I am the co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion, and a board member of the Society for Philosophy and Disability.
I am the author or co-author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, author of The Life Worth Living: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality (forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press), co-editor with Christine Wieseler of The Disability Bioethics Reader (forthcoming with Routledge), and lead editor with Erik Parens of a special issue of the Hastings Center Report “For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge.” Recent work includes pieces for The Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology, Philosophy of Disability: New Perspectives, Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics, The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, and Critical Humanities and Ageing as well as a number of journal articles.
My current research is building towards two book-length projects: one scholarly work engaging central debates in philosophy of disability (currently entitled The Meaning of Disability) and one public-facing work using research in phenomenology, disability studies, bioethics, feminist philosophy, and social epistemology to investigate how modern medical practice could become more just and equitable (currently entitled Just Care: Politics, Public Health, and the Promise of Medicine). My public philosophy has been featured in TIME, The New York Times (forthcoming), HuffPost, AEON, and in a Tedx talk. I am also a regular contributor to the researcher-led news outlet The Conversation. I earned my B.A. in Philosophy as well as Religious Studies from the University of Oregon and my Ph.D. from Emory University. From 2017-2020, I was the inaugural Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. For more detailed information, please see the other sections of my website.