Quill R Kukla, PhD, MA

Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Quill Rebecca Kukla is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. They are the Editor-in-Chief of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and a core faculty member in the Disability Studies program at Georgetown. For 2020 and 2021, they are also a Humboldt Research Scholar at Leibniz University Hannover. Dr. Kukla's research interests within practical ethics include the ethical and social complexities of scientific knowledge production and communication, reproductive ethics and the culture of pregnancy and motherhood, public health ethics, the ethics of health communication, research ethics, methodological issues in medical research, and the social epistemology of medicine. Much of their research bridges bioethics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. They have ongoing interests in the varieties of embodiment, agency, and autonomy. Their current projects concern sexual consent and sexual agency; the ethics and epistemology of spatial data representations and geographic knowledge; one on the pragmatic force of inclusionary and exclusionary public speech and signage; and one on the nature and social use of disease categories. They are the former co-coordinator of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Network. They received their B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1990, their Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, and their MA in Geography from the City University of New York in 2019. From 2003-2005, they were a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at The Johns Hopkins University. They also received their Sommelier certification from Algonquin College in 2007.

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Dr. Kukla is well-known not just for their work in bioethics, but also for an equally-impressive collection of work in analytic epistemology and philosophy of language. Philosophers interested in the way that these areas overlap and inform each other in their work have interviewed them in a variety of venues. Check out one of their most recent interviews below, and explore our archives for more.

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