About Me

Originally from the Northern KY area (right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati), I moved to Louisville, KY to attend the University of Louisville where I studied Biology and Philosophy. After developing a genuine love for the study of Philosophy, I entered a Bioethics Masters program before transferring to the University of Colorado - Boulder, where I completed my MA in Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. I then entered a PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where I am also a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and Time to Attach research team. I am currently serving in an elected position on the Graduate Student Council of the American Philosophical Association for a two year term, where I also serve as Secretary. I also serve as co-president of our Philosophy Grad Student Association at Western University. 

My research falls within the following areas: ​Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophy of Illness, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Queer Theory, Family and Reproductive Ethics, and Virtue Theory.
I also have interests in: Psychiatric Ethics, Epistemology of Testimony, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film, and Ancient Philosophy (especially Aristotle).  

Outside of reading, writing, and teaching philosophy, my passions involve craft beer (occasionally dabbling in brewing), following politics way too closely, and traveling around the world (especially to see live music). I am also an avid podcaster, Star Wars nerd, horror film aficionado, and very proud cat mama. 

Questions I Work On:

What limits (if any) can we justify imposing on "free speech" policies? What are the appropriate aims and scope of such policies?

Is it legal discrimination to deny adoptive parents the same benefits as biological parents? If so, how do we conceptualize that discrimination and how do we rectify it? 

​What are microaggressions, and what sorts of harms do they cause to their recipients? 

​Can we attribute moral responsibility for complicity in structural injustice(s), even where an agent hasn't casually contributed to the injustice (or, when their casual contribution is difficult or impossible to trace)? 

Why are bisexual people routinely excluded from LGBTQ+ activism, and how do these erasures and exclusions harm bi people? How can we identify practices that contribute to bisexual erasure and what can we do to undermine them? 

What sorts of oppressive epistemic practices are at work in the #MeToo movement, and what impact do they have on victim/survivors and their decisions whether or not to bring forward testimonies of sexual violation? 

How should we understand the moral relationships between human and non-human animals? ​​​

Is virtue possible for oppressed people? Are virtue friendships possible across oppression?​

How can we best motivate solidarity in coalitional liberatory struggles?​

Education

Western University |  2017-present

PhD Candidate, Philosophy

University of Colorado, Boulder |  2016-2017

MA in Philosophy, Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies

University of Louisville | 2010-2015

BA in Biology, BA in Philosophy
Minors in Psychology, Humanities, Women and Gender Studies 

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