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Shelley L. Tremain, Ph.D. (she/they/settler/disabled feminist killjoy)

Shelley L. Tremain holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University (Canada), has taught in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and publishes on a range of topics, including: philosophy of disability, Michel Foucault, feminist philosophy, ableism in philosophy, social metaphysics and epistemology, and biopolitics/bioethics. From April 2015, Tremain has coordinated, edited, and produced Dialogues on Disability, the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed series of interviews that she is conducting with disabled philosophers and posts to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. Tremain is the author of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2017), the manuscript for which was awarded the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities; the editor of two editions of Foucault and the Government of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005; 2015), the first of which has been translated into Korean; and the editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability (forthcoming). Shelley Tremain was also the 2016 recipient of the Tanis Doe Award for Disability Study and Culture in Canada; the Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of California at Berkeley and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, CA; and a Principal Investigator for Canada’s national policy research institute to promote the human rights of disabled people.

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Melinda C. Hall, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Melinda C. Hall, who earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. Hall specializes in continental philosophy and the philosophy of disability, and regularly makes interventions in bioethics. In The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (Lexington Books, 2016), Hall draws from Michel Foucault to demonstrate that disability is central to debates over enhancement. Her current research focuses on the deployment of the concept of risk in bioethics and public health, including public health communications. Hall’s work appears in Disability Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and Philosophy Compass, among other venues. Hall co-directs the Community Education Project, a higher education in prison program that is committed to bringing high quality liberal arts education to incarcerated persons at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach, FL.

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Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia is a brown Mexican philosopher currently working at the National University of Mexico’s Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas [Institute for Philosophical Research] where he studies human representations (words, formulas, pictures, diagrams, etc.), especially in art and science. He got his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington. He was awarded the National University Recognition of Distinction Award for Young Researchers in the Humanities, and throughout his academic career, he has published two books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters in Mexico and abroad. As an artist, Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia has been part of art collectives Konfort and Bios Ex Machina with whom he has exhibited and staged work in galleries and museums in Mexico, USA, Canada, and Portugal.

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Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril Ph.D. (she/her/elle)

Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril is a crip French Canadian-Filipina hapa philosopher who successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled, Autonomy as a Systemic Virtue: A Spinozist Analysis of Autonomy and Shared Decision-making in Healthcare, at the University of Aberdeen in June 2021. Her research interests include feminist approaches to bioethics, autonomy within asymmetrical power relations, affective management strategies, political and social philosophy, Filipino philosophy, as well as critical disability studies. She has co-authored a book chapter (“The Otherness within Us: Reframing, with Spinoza, the Self’s Relationship to Disability and Aging,” in Aging in an Aging Society: Critical Reflections, eds. Iva Apostolova and Monique Lanoix) and an article (“Care, the Self, and Masculinities: A Philosophical Perspective on Constructing Active Masculinities” in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly) with Iva Apostolova. In Spring 2021, Élaina was a teaching assistant at the University of Aberdeen for an undergraduate feminist philosophy course and a Master’s level course on values in public health within the School of Medicine.

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Mich Ciurria (she/they)

Mich Ciurria is a queer, disabled, ecofeminist, migrant worker, and visiting scholar at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She completed her Ph.D. at York University in 2014 and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of New South Wales. She received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from 2014-2016. She specializes in ethics, feminist philosophy, and critical race and disability theory, and is the author of An Intersectional Feminist Theory of Moral Responsibility (Routledge 2019). Her latest research focuses on moral responsibility as a social practice embedded in conditions of oppression, in which moral attitudes and judgments are systematically biased against marginalized groups. She defends a non-ideal and ameliorative approach to responsibility, which sees mainstream responsibility practices as systematically prejudiced and structurally unjust. She also writes more generally about capitalism as a source of ableist, heteropatriarchal, and racist oppression. Links to her latest research can be found on her academic website.

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