Samantha Brennan

BA Dalhousie; MA, PhD Illinois
Professor Women's Studies and Feminist Research and Philosophy

Office: Lawson Hall 3233
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85743

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SSamantha Brennan is Professor in Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University, Canada. She is also a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the graduate faculty in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science. Brennan received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA in Philosophy from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brennan has broad ranging research interests in feminist ethics, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and feminist theory. She's published about children's rights and family justice, normative ethics, rights theories, gender and sexuality, death, and fashion.
In addition to her interests in feminist scholarship, Brennan is also an avid cyclist and practices Aikido. She blogs with Tracy Isaacs at http://fitisafeministissue.wordpress.

Recent Publications


Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon, Permissible Progeny? Moral Considerations and Procreative Choice, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Journal Articles

“How Many Parents Can a Child Have? Philosophical Reflections on the “Three Parent Case,”
with Bill Cameron, Dialogue, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S0012217314000705.

“Micro-inequities and Asian American Philosophers,” in The APA Newsletter on Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies, Fall 2014, Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 7-9.

Book Chapters

“Is Marriage Bad for Children? Rethinking the Connection between Having Children, Romantic Love, and Marriage,” with Bill Cameron, forthcoming in Beyond Marriage, edited by Elizabeth Brake, Oxford University Press.

“The moral status of micro-inequities: In favour of institutional solutions,” forthcoming in Implicit Bias in Philosophy, edited by Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul, Oxford University Press.

“Miss Piggy's Feminism: Redefining Human Relationships through Martial Arts,” Jim Henson and Philosophy, edited by Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

“Children’s Rights, Well-being and Sexual Agency,” with Jennifer Epp, in The Wellbeing of Children in Theory and Practice, Alexander Bagattini and Colin Macleod (editors), Springer, 2015.

"The Goods of Childhood, Children's Rights, and the Role of Parents as Advocates and Interpreters,” in Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges, Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod (editors), Oxford University Press, 2014.

 “Rethinking the Moral Significance of Micro-Inequities: The Case of Women in Philosophy,” in Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?, Fiona Jenkins and Katrina Hutchison (editors), Oxford University Press, 2013.

“'Those Shoes Are Definitely Bicurious': More Thoughts on the Politics of Fashion,” in Passing/Out: Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed, Dennis Cooley and Kelby Harrison (editors), Ashgate Publishing, 2012, pp. 171-180.

”Fashion and Sexual Identity, or Why Recognition Matters,” in Fashion and Philosophy, Jeanette Kennett and Jessica Wolfendale (editors), Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, pp. 120-134.