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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. I am also a core faculty member of the interdisciplinary Disability Studies minor and the Global Studies doctoral program at UML. Currently, I am the co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, and I am the chair of the Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.

At the broadest level, my work explores the relationship between bodies, values, and society. I am especially concerned with the meaning of disability and 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. Towards this aim and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and pluralist scholarship, my research occurs at the intersection of bioethics, philosophy of disability, social epistemology, and 19th-20th c. Continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology). Though drawing upon multiple traditions and literatures, all of my work is centrally informed by feminist philosophy (esp. care ethics).

I am the author of Ethics After Ableism: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality, forthcoming with The University of Minnesota Press in 2020. With Christine Wieseler, I am co-editor of The Disability Bioethics Reader, forthcoming with Routledge in 2022. This volume will be the first introduction to the field of bioethics that centers the experiences of people with disabilities and that is grounded in research from critical disability studies and philosophy of disability. With Erik Parens, I am also lead editor of a special issue of The Hastings Center Report on the theme: “For All of Us? On The Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” forthcoming this January. Based on a conference I co-organized at Brooklyn Law School in fall 2018, this issue takes a critical, historical, and intersectional approach to enduring ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research spanning both clinical and consumer genomics.

My current research is building towards two book-length projects: one engaging central debates in philosophy of disability (currently entitled The Meaning of Ability) and another using research in bioethics, phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and social epistemology to explore how modern medical practice could become more just and equitable (currently entitled Medicine After Ableism: Politics, Public Health, and the Promise of Care). Other ongoing work includes article-length studies on {a} the intertwining of racism and ableism, {b} epistemic injustice and medical error, {c} the application of hermeneutic phenomenology and narrative medicine to clinical practice, {d} the history of modern medicine and bioethics and its relationship to colonialism, {e} care ethics and the “duty to know,” and {f} disability-related ELSI research in genomics. Related to or directly on these topics, I am continuing or developing figure-based studies in continental philosophy on Merleau-Ponty, Fanon, Foucault, Toombs, Wynter, and Levinas.

My research has appeared in major academic journals including The American Journal of Bioethics, AMA Journal of Ethics, The Hastings Center Report, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Levinas StudiesChiasmi International, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. Book chapters of mine have or will soon appear in volumes including The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics, Ethics and Medical Error, Philosophy of Disability: New Perspectives, and Disability in American Life. My public philosophy has been featured in The New York Times (this fall), TIME, HuffPost, AEON, and a Tedx talk. I am also a regular contributor to the researcher-led news outlet The Conversation.

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. My doctoral research was supported by fellowships from Emory University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. My postdoctoral research was carried out at The Hastings Center and supported by the NEH.