Hello and welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 2017-20 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. This fall, I will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. 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 founder and, along with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, the editor of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability, the inaugural issue of which will appear in fall 2021. Currently, I am also the co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, and chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion. At UML, I am a core faculty member of the interdisciplinary Disability Studies minor and the Global Studies doctoral program.
I am the author or co-author of twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, author of a forthcoming book with The University of Minnesota Press (Ethics After Ableism: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality), co-editor with Christine Wieseler of a forthcoming edited volume with Routledge (The Disability Bioethics Reader), 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, and The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, 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’ The Stone (this spring), HuffPost, AEON, and in a Tedx talk. I am also a regular contributor to the researcher-led news outlet The Conversation. For more detailed information, please see the other sections of my website.