Hello and welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 2017-19 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and Humanities at The Hastings Center.
My work centers on the relationship between bodies, values, and society, and their effects on wellbeing. 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 working to bring reflective and empirical studies together, my research occurs at the intersection of bioethics, philosophy of disability, 19th-20th century Continental and American philosophy (esp. phenomenology), and social epistemology. I also draw heavily from feminist philosophy (esp. care ethics), philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities.
I am the author of Ethics After Ableism: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality, forthcoming with The University of Minnesota Press in 2019. With Christine Wieseler, I am co-editor of The Disability Bioethics Reader, currently under proposal review with Routledge. It will be the first general introduction to bioethics through the lens of critical disability studies and philosophy of disability. I am also co-editor, with Erik Parens, of a forthcoming special issue of The Hastings Center Report on “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge: In Search of the Good Biocitizen.” This issue takes a critical, historical, and intersectional approach to enduring ethical, legal, and social implications of contemporary clinical and consumer genomics. It is based upon a co-organized conference held on that theme at Brooklyn Law School last fall.
In addition to a series of articles, my current research is building toward two book-length projects: one on the meaning of ability and another on knowledge, justice, technology, and medicine. Other ongoing work includes studies on the intersection of hermeneutic phenomenology and narrative medicine, ableism as a form of epistemic injustice, care ethics and the “duty to know,” the history of modern medicine and bioethics, disability-related ELSI research in genomics, and the role of epistemologies of ignorance in healthcare delivery.
Articles and commentaries of mine have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, AJOB Neuroscience, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, The Hastings Center Report, AMA Journal of Ethics, Chiasmi International, The Review of Communication, and Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. Book chapters of mine have or will soon appear in volumes including The Handbook of Genetic Counseling, Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics, 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, Philosophy of Disability: New Perspectives, Disability and American Philosophies, UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice, and Disability in American Life. My public philosophy has been featured in TIME, HuffPost, AEON, The Conversation, and Tedx.
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.