I am Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Affiliate Member of the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Canada.
My philosophical interests lie in the areas of health care ethics, feminist philosophy, and moral philosophy. I have had a long-standing interest in reproductive ethics, beginning with my book, Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy (MIT Press, 2002). I have published on various topics in this area, including the commodification of women’s reproductive labour and conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide reproductive health services such as abortions. Recently, my knowledge of the ethics of having children has broadened to include issues that concern adoption.
Within moral theory, I have published on the nature of moral concepts such as trust, autonomy, integrity, objectification, and conscience. For more information about my research, please see either the relevant links in the menu bar above or my CV.
I have held two appointments at the University of Toronto: one in 2004-05 as a Lupina New Faculty Fellow in the Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk Centre for International Studies (now the Munk School of Global Affairs), and another in 2013-14 as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ethics.
I am also past Co-Coordinator of fab, the International Network on feminist approaches to bioethics, and one of the founders and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, or IJFAB.