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Research

My research focuses on ethical issues relating to eating. While most food ethics concentrates on the impact of food production and consumption on human and non-human others, the environment, and health, my work highlights the importance of the activity of eating itself. I argue that the ways we practice and understand eating shape important parts of ourselves, including agency, capacities, and self-understandings. My current projects aim to articulate how eating shapes the self and to identify the ethical implications of these self-shaping effects for clinical ethics, diet research, food policy, and personal food choice.

I draw on a range of philosophical traditions, including phenomenology, bioethics, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy, as well as interdisciplinary work on food and eating.

My work has appeared in various journals including Feminist Philosophy QuarterlyJournal of Medical Ethicsand the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. I’ve also contributed to the MSU Bioethics in the News BlogFit is a Feminist Issue and been interviewed by the American Philosophical Association blog and at Discrimination and Disadvantage. For links to some of my publications, click here.

You can learn more about me and my work by watching this short lecture entitled “Why it Matters How We Eat,” part of the Public Philosophy Network Short Talks series, or by listening to this recent interview I did with high school student Bridget Carrigan for her podcast Bricks

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