I’m a philosopher from Nova Scotia, Canada, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. I work in Feminist Philosophy, Bioethics, and Science and Values, as well as 20th-century European Philosophy, especially Foucault and Phenomenology. My current research focuses on the ethics of eating.
You can learn more about me and my work in this recent interview at the Blog of the American Philosophical Association.
In 2020, I joined the Philosophy Department at Michigan State University as Assistant Professor. MSU occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.
I am the North American Coordinator for Culinary Mind: Center for Philosophy of Food. We organize online and in-person events connecting people working on food and eating around the world—you can learn more about our events and join our mailing list at our website.
As of fall 2023, I am currently unavailable to work with new graduate students. If you are interested in working with me at MSU in future years, please get in touch.
*Fall semester 2023 I will be on research leave*
- Ph.D (with distinction), Philosophy, Georgetown University (2019)
- M.A., Philosophy, University of Alberta (2012)
- B.A.H., Philosophy and Contemporary Studies, University of King’s College and Dalhousie University (2009)
For more information about my research, teaching, and contact information use the tabs at the top of the page.
Some Goings On
Some recent presentations:
- “The Ethics of Eating with Family,” Food Justice Aesthetics and Morality, Hamilton College, Sept. 15-17 2023
- “Putting dietary restrictions on the table: On hospitality and ableism at shared meals” at Philosophy, Disability, and Social Change 3. Watch my talk here (starts around 3h30mins): Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 – Day 2 – YouTube
- Check out the excellent programming at Culinary Mind: Center for the Philosophy of Food, including the annual virtual speaker series I help organize.
- Check out my recent co-authored (and Open Access!) essay with Laura Guidry-Grimes in the Hastings Center Report: “Smuggled Donuts and Forbidden Fried Chicken: Addressing Tensions around Family and Food Restrictions in Hospitals.”