Hello and welcome to my website! I’m currently the Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. Starting this fall, I will begin a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 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. Before coming to Hastings, I taught at Dillard University on an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
My teaching, research, and public engagement center on the relationship between values, bodies, science, and society, especially as these relate to biomedical practice and people with disabilities. How do our bodies and expectations about them shape experience, understanding, and judgment? What is ableism and how might we work against it? How do historical injustices inform concepts of wellbeing and the practices and institutions we craft in its name? My applied work in bioethics and medical humanities addressing such questions reinforces complementary projects in continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology), feminist philosophy (esp. care ethics), the history of philosophy, and philosophy of disability.
My approach is interdisciplinary and pluralist, drawing 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 Biocities and Biocitizens: On The Future of Human Wellbeing. I am also co-editing a special supplement 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, The Ableist Conflation: Ethics, Experience, and the Meaning of Ability, is currently under review with The University of Minnesota Press. 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.