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 of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability, which I edit with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke.
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.
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), The Meaning of Disability (under contract with Oxford University Press), Philosophy of Disability: An Introduction (under contract with Polity), co-editor with Christine Wieseler of The Disability Bioethics Reader (forthcoming with Routledge), and lead editor with Erik Parens of a 2020 special issue of the Hastings Center Report “For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge.” Current work includes a number of journal articles as well as chapters for The Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology, Philosophy of Disability: New Perspectives, The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics, Critical Humanities and Aging, and Gaslighting. 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.
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 earned my B.A. in Philosophy as well as Religious Studies from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. I previously taught at The University of Massachusetts Lowell and 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.