Hello and welcome to my website! I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 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. I am especially concerned with the meaning of disability and the problem of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might change social institutions ranging from medicine to politics.
My first book, Worthy Life: Ethics, Disability, and the Problem of Ableism, is currently under review. In addition to a series of articles, my current research is developing into a book project tentatively entitled, The Good Biocitizen: Care, Community, and the Future of Health. With Erik Parens, I am co-editing a winter 2019 special issue of The Hastings Center Report on “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge.” Other current projects include work 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, and the development of an ecological model of disability.
Published work of mine can be found in the American Journal of Bioethics, Hypatia, The Hastings Center Report, 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.