Carolyn McLeod


Professor, Department Chair

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

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85877
Office: Stevenson Hall 3145

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


Conscience in Reproductive Health Care: Prioritizing Patient InterestsOxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.


"Trust," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta, substantially revised 2020, originally published 2006, URL =

“Trust, Autonomy, and the Fiduciary Relationship” (with E. Ryman). In Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics, and Law.;Ed. P. B. Miller and M. Harding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 74-86.

“My Relational Autonomy and My Relationship with Susan Sherwin,” IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Special “SueFest” Issue, 13(2), 2020: 9-11. 

“Commentary on ‘Four types of gender bias affecting women surgeons, and their cumulative impact’ by Hutchison,” Journal of Medical Ethics, Published Online First: 2020. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-106020.

McLeod, Carolyn. “Review: Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family by Frances Latchford,” Adoption & Culture, forthcoming 2021.

"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.