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    Refugee Resettlement, Rootlessness, and Assimilation
    with Rita A. Gardiner
    Arendt Studies 3 25-47. 2019.
    We explore how a refugee’s experience of rootlessness may persist after they resettle in a new country. Drawing primarily on “We Refugees,” we focus on assimilation as an uprooting phenomenon that compels a person to forget their roots, thereby perpetuating threats to identity and the loss of community that is a condition for political agency. Arendt presents assimilation in a binary way: a person either conforms to or resists pressures to conform. We seek to move beyond this binary, arguing tha…Read more
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    Feminists have found Arendt helpful in articulating a theory of judgment across cultural differences. Embodiment enters this discussion, usually, through attention to enlarged mentality. In contrast, I approach embodiment and judgment by looking at undertheorized connections with Arendt’s conception of “thinking.” Drawing on a discussion of Boethius and Huckleberry Finn, I suggest that persons are led to thinking by lived contradictions, that is, by instances in which their experiences cannot be…Read more
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    My goal in this dissertation is to articulate an Arendtian conception of feminist agency, that is, agency that aims at resistance from within oppressive situations. There is a tendency in feminist literature to depict women in the global south as if they are passive victims of their oppression, with no opportunities to resist. This tendency is replicated in feminist responses to transnational contract pregnancy, the practice in which people travel across national borders to hire a woman to gesta…Read more
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    Cross-Border Reproductive Travel, Neocolonialism, and Canadian Policy
    International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 10 (1): 225-247. 2017.
    Reproductive travel refers to travel undertaken across national, geographic, and cultural borders to facilitate assisted reproduction. Sometimes, intended parents cross borders to hire a gestational laborer or to acquire eggs or sperm; sometimes, providers may travel to the intended parents’ home country.1 In addition, industries have developed to export gametes across borders, so that a person in a country such as the United States might arrange that gametes from the Ukraine be sent to India to…Read more
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    Feminist scholars have done much to identify oppressive forces within transnational commercial contract pregnancy and its social context that may coerce women into becoming gestational laborers. Feminists have also been careful not to depict gestational laborers as merely passive victims of oppression, though there is disagreement about the degree to which contract pregnancy offers opportunities for agency. In this article I consider how women who sell gestational labor may be agents against the…Read more
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    We propose the ‘patient-worker’ as a theoretical construct that responds to moral problems that arise with the globalization of healthcare and medical research. The patient-worker model recognizes that some participants in global medical industries are workers and are owed worker's rights. Further, these participants are patient-like insofar as they are beneficiaries of fiduciary relationships with healthcare professionals. We apply the patient-worker model to human subjects research and commerc…Read more
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    An Anti-Commodification Defense of Veganism
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 19 (3): 285-300. 2016.
    We develop an anti-commodification defense of ethical veganism which holds that common defenses of ethical veganism can benefit from treating the commodification of non-human animals as a serious, distinct moral wrong. Drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Anderson’s account of commodification, we develop an account of commodification that identifies most uses of animals in developed countries as forms of problematic commodification. We then show that this position can make significant contribution…Read more