I am Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University in London, Ontario, where I have been since receiving my PhD in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. I am a feminist philosopher who has published widely on issues of moral responsibility in collective contexts, including extensive journal publications, a monograph (Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts, Oxford University Press, 2011), and several co-edited volumes (including Accountability for Collective Wrongdoing, with Richard Vernon, Cambridge University Press, 2011; Collectivity: Ontology, Ethics, and Social Justice, with Kendy Hess and Violetta Igneski, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019).
Collective Responsibility: My work on collective responsibility has engaged with ethical considerations concerning climate change, genocide as a collective action, pervasive wrongful social practices that yield oppression and social injustice, and food ethics.
Feminist issues in fitness: I also have developed a profile for my work with Samantha Brennan on the theory and practice of inclusive fitness from a feminist perspective (as co-founder, with Brennan, of the popular feminist fitness blog Fit Is a Feminist Issue, and co-author, also with Brennan, of Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey). We have done extensive print, radio, and television media in relation to this project.
The ethics of what we eat: My current project is a monograph in the area of food ethics, using my expertise in moral responsibility in collective contexts and more general background as a moral philosopher to defend an ethical practice that I call "Imperfect Veganism." A frequent claim made these days is that the surest way to reduce our carbon footprint is to adopt a plant-based diet. I believe there are important ethical reasons in addition to the environmental and climate concerns for doing so. However, we need also to recognize that humans aren't perfect (as the moral philosophers have long recognized) and that an "all or nothing" approach is asking too much. And it's strategically misguided as well. My intended audience is the very many genuinely concerned people who indeed do want to do better, but who are (sometimes rightly) intimidated by the demands of veganism. We can believe in the theory while recognizing that the practice may unfold less perfectly than the theory appears to demand. This project brings together my decades of expertise in collective responsibility and in moral philosophy more generally, and combines it with new work in food ethics with the goal of reaching an audience beyond academia.