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Katy Fulfer 

Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Hood College
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, Maryland 21701 USA
fulfer@hood.edu
 

EMPLOYMENT
Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, Hood College, August 2013-present.
(This is a visiting position at the rank of Assistant Professor)

EDUCATION
University of Western Ontario (2008-2013): Ph.D. in Philosophy
Thesis: “Hannah Arendt and Feminist Agency”
Committee: Helen Fielding (co-chair), Tracy Isaacs, Carolyn McLeod (co-chair)

Georgia State University (2006-2008): M.A. in Philosophy
Thesis: “The Concept ‘Woman’: Feminism after the Essentialism Critique”
Committee: Christie J. Hartley (co-chair), A.I. Cohen (co-chair), Andrew Altman

Thesis Abstract: Although feminists resist accounts that define women as having certain features that are essential to their being women, feminists are also guilty of giving essentialist definitions.  Because women are extremely diverse in their experiences, the essentialist critics question whether a universal (non-essentialist) account of women can be given.  I argue that it is possible to formulate a valuable category of woman, despite potential essentialist challenges.  Even with diversity among women, women are oppressed as women by patriarchal structures such as rape, pornography, and sexual harassment that regulate women’s sexuality and construct women as beings whose main role is to service men’s needs.

Freed-Hardeman University (2002-2006): B.A. with University Honors, summa cum laude in English and Philosophy.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Feminist Philosophy, Applied Ethics (especially reproductive ethics and environmental philosophy)

AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Social and Political Philosophy, Sexuality Studies, 20th Century Phenomenology

PUBLICATIONS
(with Patrick Clipsham) “An Anti-Commodification Defense of Veganism.” Ethics, Policy & Environment (forthcoming). [Refereed]

“Cross-Border Reproductive Travel, Neocolonialism, and Canadian Policy.” IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 10.1 (forthcoming 2017). [Refereed]

“Hannah Arendt and Pregnancy in the Public Sphere.” In Future Directions in Feminist Phenomenology. Ed. Helen A. Fielding and Dorothea Olkowski. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2016. [Refereed]

Commercial Contract Pregnancy in India, Judgment, and Resistance to Oppression.Hypatia 30.4 (2015): 846-61. [Refereed]

Embodied Judgment and Hannah Arendt: From Boethius and Huck Finn to Transnational Feminisms.” Phaenex 9.2 (2014). [Refereed]

“The Capabilities Approach to Justice and the Flourishing of Nonsentient Life.” Ethics & the Environment 18.1 (2013): 19-42. [Refereed]

Review of Monica Mueller’s Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom. Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (2013): 163-66. [Invited]

“The Capabilities Approach and the Dignity of Nonsentient Life.” In The Capability Approach on Social Order. Ed. B. Hawa and N. Weidtmann. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2012. 298-303. [Invited]

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
(Peer-Reviewed)

(with Charlotte Wood) “Gender busting and Video Blogs in a Feminist Classroom.” #Feminist In(ter)ventions: Women,, Community, Technology, Southern Connecticut state University Annual Women’s Studies Conference, New Haven, Connecticut, April 15-16, 2016.

(with Rita Gardiner) “Rights, Responsibilities, and Rootlessness: The Doom of Refugee Status.” Wilson College Humanities Conference, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2016.

(with Emma Ryman) “The Patient-Worker Model.” The Consuming Intimacies: Bodies, Labour, Care, and Social Justice Symposium, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. October 15-16, 2015.

“Reflections on Carlotta Wall LaNier’s Little Rock.” The Arendt Circle, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, April 24-24, 2015.

“Hannah Arendt’s Unpopular Critique of School Integration.” Wilson College Humanities Conference, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, February 28, 2015. 

(with Patrick Clipsham) “Valuing Nonhuman Animals: Welfarism, Animal Rights, and Commodification.” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, Colorado, August 7-10, 2014.

“Domestic Implications for the Regulation of Cross-Border Reproductive Travel in the US and Canada.” Feminist Approaches to Bioethics World Congress, Mexico City, Mexico, June 23-24, 2014.

(with Patrick Clipsham) “Valuing Nonhuman Animals: Commodification, Ecofeminism, and Veganism.” Southern Connecticut State University Annual Women’s Studies Conference, New Haven, Connecticut, April 11-12, 2014.

(with Emma Ryman) “Guinea Pigs and Baby Ovens: The Objectification of Vulnerable Populations in Transnational Human Subjects Research and Commercial Contract Pregnancy.” Workshop on Global Surrogacy and Reproductive Markets, University of Ottawa/Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7-8, 2014.

“Judgment and Resistance to Oppression.” The Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 2-5, 2013.

(with Rita Gardiner) “A Phenomenology of Political Indifference and Family Values.” The Phenomenological Method to the Madness, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, April 6, 2013.

“Transnational Contract Pregnancy and the Challenge for Feminist Agency” Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 25-27, 2012.

(with Lisa Pelot) “What Can a Feminist Approach Add to the Philosophy of Mind?” Association for Feminist Epistemologies 
Methodologies Metaphysics and Science Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, May 10-12, 2012.

“Walking the Line: Why Feminist Politics Benefits by Using Arendt’s Public/Private Distinction,” The Arendt Circle, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-11 2012.

“Giving up the Pregnancy Contract?” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 2011.

“Using Arendt to Consider Feminist Thinking on Contract Pregnancy.” Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 1-3, 2011

“Extending the Capabilities Approach Beyond Sentience.” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, May-June 2011.

“Extending the Capabilities Approach Beyond Sentience.” Forum Scientiarum International Interdisciplinary Summer School: The Capability Approach on Social Order (led by Martha Nussbaum), Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, June 20-25, 2010.

“Intimacy and Self-Knowledge in the Parent-Child Relationship.” COVE Graduate Student Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, March 6-7, 2010.

“Appetitive Desires in Plato’s Phaedo.” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 16-18, 2009.

“Privilege and Separations.” Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, March 20-21, 2009

“The Concept ‘Woman’: Feminism after the Essentialism Critique.” Georgia State University Student Symposium, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2008

“The Concept ‘Woman’: Feminism after the Essentialism Critique.” Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, February 22-23, 2008

(Invited)
“Hannah Arendt and Pregnancy in the Public Sphere,” Future Directions in Feminist Phenomenology Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 23-25, 2013.

“Relational Autonomy and Resistance,” Relational Autonomy: 10 Years On Workshop, September 28-30, 2012, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

“An Arendtian Account of Feminist Agency,” Philosophy Graduate Student Association
Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, October 26, 2011.

“What can a Feminist Perspective Contribute to Philosophy of Mind?” Philosophy Graduate Student Association Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, March 9, 2011.

“Appetitive Desires in Plato’s Phaedo.” Philosophy Graduate Student Association Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, September 30, 2009.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Upper-level undergraduate courses taught (sole-responsibility):
The Philosophy of Sex and Desire, Hood College, Fall 2015 (senior capstone course)
Doing and Undoing Gender, Hood College, Spring 2015 (honors course)

Lower-level undergraduate courses taught (sole-responsibility):
Adventures in Queer Studies, Hood College, Spring 2015
Introduction to Studies in Women and Gender, Hood College, Fall 2013-2015
Ethical Dilemmas in the Baby-Making Business, Hood College, Fall 2014 (first-year seminar)
Professional Ethics, Hood College, Spring 2014
Philosophical Issues in Feminism, Hood College, Spring 2014-2015
Gender and Sexuality, University of Western Ontario, Fall 2010

Course co-taught:
(with Mr. Rodney Parker), Women, Law, and Social Change, University of Western Ontario, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, 2012-2013

Courses assistant-taught (partial-responsibility):
In the following courses I was responsible for instruction and marking, but not syllabus design.
Global Business Ethics, King’s University College, Winter 2013
Business Ethics, King’s University College, Fall 2012
Critical Thinking, Georgia State University, Summer 2007-Spring 2008

Teaching certification and training:
Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy, American Philosophical Association/American Association of Philosophy Teachers, College of St. Benedict’s/St. John’s University, Summer 2014
Instructional Skills Workshop, Teaching Support Centre (TSC), University of Western Ontario, Summer 2013
Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, Teaching Support Centre, University of Western Ontario, Fall 2012
Teaching Mentor Program, Teaching Support Centre, University of Western Ontario, Fall 2010
Teaching Assistant Training Program, Teaching Support Centre, University of Western Ontario,
Fall 2008

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Supervision
Summer Research with Charlotte Wood. “Learning the ‘F’ Word: Transformative Learning Experiences in Feminist Philosophy and Theory.” Hood College Summer Science Research Institute Grant ($5900), June-August 2015.
Summer Research with Anna Kovacsics. “Gifts Between Sisters: Gift Narratives in Commercial Surrogacy.” Hood College Summer Science Research Institute Grant ($6500), June-August 2014.

Conference Organization
Organizing Committee, “New Directions in Feminist Phenomenology,” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 23-25, 2013.
Organizing Committee, “Diotima 2011.” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, September 2011.
Organizing Committee, “Diotima 2010: Ecology, Technology, and the World.” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, September 25-26, 2010.
Organizing Committee, “Feminism, Science, and Values.”  International Association of Women Philosophers, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 25-28, 2010.
Organizing Committee, “Diotima 2009: A Graduate Conference for Feminist Philosophy.” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, September 19-20, 2009.

Professional Organizations
Member, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Member, Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies
Member, American Philosophical Association
Member, American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Other Activities
Contributor, Rotman Institute of Philosophy Blog (one post featured by the Philosophers’ Carnival #139), 2012-2013
Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 2011-2012
Member, Feminist Philosophy Research Group, University of Western Ontario, 2011-2012
Member, Committee for Women’s Concerns, University of Western Ontario, 2008-2009

Student Government
Speaker, Society of Graduate Students, University of Western Ontario, July 2012-present
President, TA/PD Union (Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 610), University of Western Ontario, September 2011-August 2012


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