Joel Michael Reynolds, PhD

Senior Research Scholar,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Disability Studies

Dr. Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He is the founder and, along with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, the editor of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability and a core faculty member in the Disability Studies program at Georgetown. At the broadest level, his work explores the relationship between bodies, values, and society. Dr. Reynolds is especially concerned with the meaning of disability, the issue of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might improve the lives of people with disabilities and the justness of institutions ranging from medicine to politics. Currently, he is the co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion, and a board member of the Society for Philosophy and Disability. Dr. Reynolds is the author or co-author of over twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, author of a forthcoming book, The Life Worth Living: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality (The University of Minnesota Press), co-editor with Christine Wieseler of a forthcoming edited volume, The Disability Bioethics Reader (Routledge), and lead editor with Erik Parens of a special issue of the Hastings Center Report, "For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge." Dr. Reynolds earned his B.A. in Philosophy as well as Religious Studies from the University of Oregon in 2009 and earned his PhD from Emory University in 2017. From 2017-2020, he was the inaugural Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. In addition to number of article-length studies and grant projects, Dr. Reynolds is currently working on two book manuscripts, The Meaning of Disability and Philosophy of Disability: An Introduction.