Carolyn McLeod, Western University

Associate Professor Philosophy London, Ontario cmcleod2@uwo.ca Office: (519) 661-2111 ext. 85877

Bio/Research

At the University of Western Ontario, Carolyn McLeod is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Philosophy, an affiliate member of the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and a member of Rotman Institute of Science and Values. Her research and teaching fall...

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Bio/Research

At the University of Western Ontario, Carolyn McLeod is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Philosophy, an affiliate member of the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and a member of Rotman Institute of Science and Values. Her research and teaching falls within the areas of health care ethics, ethical theory, and feminist theory.

Her academic life in philosophy began at Queen's University, where she received both a BA and an MA in philosophy. After Queen's, she went to Dalhousie University to get a PhD and to work with Susan Sherwin. The PhD ended in 1999 and a postdoctoral fellowship started abruptly in the same year. Postdoctoral work was funded mainly by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and took place at the Bioethics Center, University of Minnesota and at the Department of Philosophy at Western.

She began working as a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2001-2). She joined Western in 2002 and have been there ever since, save for a brief stint in Toronto 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).

Most of Carolyn's research deals with moral dilemmas that occur in reproductive health care and with the moral concepts needed to resolve these dilemmas. She has written about the nature of autonomy, trust, self-trust, integrity, objectification, commodification, and conscience. She has tackled moral dilemmas having to do with miscarriage, infertility, embryo and oocyte donation or selling, contract pregnancy, fertility preservation in girls or women with cancer, and conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide standard services such as abortion services.

Her current research deals with this last topic and with how to understand conscience and conscientious refusals. This work is funded by CIHR ("Let Conscience Be Their Guide? Conscientious Refusals in Reproductive Health Care," Operating Grant, 2010-13, P.I. McLeod).



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