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, core faculty in Georgetown’s Disability Studies Program, and a Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center. 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 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), and Philosophy of Disability: An Introduction (under contract with Polity). I am the co-editor with Christine Wieseler of The Disability Bioethics Reader (forthcoming with Routledge) and with Erik Parens of “For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” a special issue of The Hastings Center Report. Current work includes a number of journal articles as well as chapters for The Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology, Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics, The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, and Critical Humanities and Aging. Recent authored or co-authored articles of mine appear in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Critical Philosophy of Race, The Hastings Center Report, and Chiasmi International. My public philosophy has been featured in TIME, HuffPost, AEON, The Conversation, Health Progress, and in a Tedx talk.
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 I held the inaugural Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center from 2017-2020. For more detailed information, please see the other sections of my website.