Carolyn McLeod


Professor, Department Chair
Joint Appointment with Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Health Care Ethics, Moral Philosophy
BA, MA Queens; PhD Dalhousie

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85877
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 2150G

My research focuses on issues in applied ethics that concern parenthood, procreation, professional relationships, or health care; issues in feminist philosophy, especially feminist moral psychology; and questions in moral philosophy about the nature of moral concepts such as trust, autonomy, and conscience.

I am happy to supervise students working in feminist ethics, on the ethics of procreation or parenting, on the ethics of professional (particularly doctor-patient) relationships, on the metaphysics of gender or race, or on concepts in moral theory such as autonomy, trust, or virtue. 

Recent Publications

“Trust, Autonomy and Fiduciaries” (with E. Ryman). In Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics, and Law. Ed. P. B. Miller and M. Harding. Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

“Feminist Approaches to Moral Luck” (with J. Tomchishen). In Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck. Ed. I. Church and R. Hartmann. New York: Routledge, 2019. pp. 426-35.

 “Parental Licensing and Discrimination” (with A. Botterell). In the Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Childhood and Children. Ed. G. Calder, J. De Wispelaere, and A. Gheaus. New York: Routledge, 2018. pp. 202-212.

 “The Medical Non-Necessity of In Vitro Fertilization,” IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 10(1), 2017: 78-102.

“Licensing Parents in International Contract Pregnancies” (with A. Botterell), Journal of Applied Philosophy 33(2), 2016: 178-196. 

“Trust,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta, revised 2015, originally published 2006, URL =

Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (edited with F. Baylis). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.