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 be an 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, and social praxis, especially as these relate to disability. How do our bodies and expectations about them shape experience, understanding, and judgment? How do historical injustices inform concepts of wellbeing and the practices and institutions we craft to facilitate it? 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 fellowship at The Hastings Center is a component of their Humanities Research Initiative (HRI), a major new research program created through an NEH challenge grant to enlarge and deepen its core commitment to humanities-based scholarship in bioethics and continued leadership in this area. In that stead, I am pursuing the HRI’s current theme, “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge.” The questions I am asking include: do individuals have, as some scholars have recently suggested, a duty to know whatever genomic information is available about them? What is genomic responsibility? From “inflicted oughts” to “patients-in-waiting,” what are the larger philosophical, ethical, social, and political implications of contemporary biomedical research and practice in the age of the genome? What is biocitizenship?
I approach these concerns from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, drawing upon scholarship spanning the humanities and social sciences. In addition to a series of articles, this research will develop into a monograph-length 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 HRI’s inaugural theme, slated for publication in the winter of 2019. My first book, The Life Worth Living: Ethics and the Experiences of Disability, is currently under review with The University of Minnesota Press.