Hello and welcome to my website! I am an incoming 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, with a focus on biomedical practice and disability. The questions my research addresses include: how do bodies shape values and vice versa? In what ways is health a value, and what is its role in a just society? How do existing social injustices inform concepts of flourishing and wellbeing? What is ableism and how might we combat it? My applied work in bioethics and medical humanities engaging these issues reinforces complementary projects in continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology), feminist philosophy (esp. care ethics), the history of philosophy, and philosophy of disability.
Interdisciplinary and pluralist in approach, I draw upon scholarship spanning the humanities and social sciences. In addition to a series of articles, my current research is developing into a book project currently entitled The Good Biocitizen: Care, Community, and the Future of Health. I am also co-editing a special issue of The Hastings Center Report with Erik Parens on “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” slated for publication in the winter of 2019.
My first book, Worthy Life: Ethics, Disability, and the Problem of Ableism, is currently under review. 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.