Carolyn McLeod


Women's Studies and Feminist Research and Philosophy

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

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85877
Office: Lawson Hall 3233

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 on the ethics of procreation or parenting, on the ethics of professional (particularly doctor-patient) relationships, in feminist ethics, on the metaphysics of gender or race, in moral psychology, or on different concepts in moral theory such as autonomy, trust, and virtue. 

Recent Publications

“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.

Let Conscience Be Their Guide? Conscientious Refusals in Health Care (edited with J. Downie). Special issue of Bioethics 28(1), 2014.