Hello and welcome to my website! I’m currently the Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the 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. Before coming to Hastings, I taught at Dillard University on an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
My teaching, research, and public engagement center on issues concerning ethics, embodiment, and society, especially as these relate to biomedical practice, biopolitics, and people with disabilities. Seeking to bring reflective and empirical insights together, I draw upon work across the humanities and social sciences. My applied work in bioethics and medical humanities mutually reinforces ongoing research 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? What is biocitizenship? 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?