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I am a lecturer in the Philosophy Department and Continuing Education Department at CU Boulder. I received my Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in 2009 and my PhD in Philosophy in 2012, both from CU Boulder. Prior to that I earned my BA in Philosophy and French at CSU Sacramento. I specialize in Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Disability, Feminist Philosophy and Bioethics.
My primary philosophical interests center around social political issues involving race, class, gender and disability. My interests here vary, but include questions about what the nature of these things are (i.e. what it means to be "black," "white," "asian;" etc.; whether "hispanic" best classified as an ethnic category or a "race" or both; what it means to be "rich" or "poor;" what it means to be a "man" or a "woman;" what it means to be "normal" vs. "disabled"?), and how we can best to identify these categories. They also include questions about the ways in which various social policies function to disproportionately benefit or burden certain people on account of their race, class, gender and ability. In addition, I'm fascinated by historical and contemporary issues in biomedical ethics such as research ethics and health care justice. Questions I ponder frequently include how can we respect the autonomy and wellbeing of people who choose to undergo medical research? How might those who don't consent to research be unfairly burdened by research conducted on others? Does the research unfairly or disproportionately disadvantage a certain (racial, gendered, classed or cultural) population?
I am proud to have recently published a book "Recognizing Justice for Citizens with Cognitive Disabilities," in which I identify the sort of approach to justice that is best suited for extending equal treatment and equal consideration to citizens with cognitive disabilities--a constituency often overlooked in philosophy because of the privilege philosophy places on rationality. I also have a few articles out; you can read more about all of these here. Some of the courses I frequently teach include: Philosophy and Law, Philosophy of Women, & Bioethics. I have also taught Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy and Society, Introduction to Bioethics, and Environmental Ethics.