Associate Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Director for the new interdisciplinary PhD program in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor (Canada), Cross-appointed to Women’s Studies, a Fellow of the Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR). I helped found and remain active in the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS). I am also active in the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP) and the Ontario Society for Studies in Argumentation (OSSA).
My current research considers the utility of argumentation theory for addressing the epistemologies of ignorance. Certain manifestations of ignorance — especially those involving unconscious biases — cannot be helped much by explicit reasoning. Yet, Walton’s account of argumentation schemes can help us see how knowledge and ignorance interact in the way people offer and receive reasoning.
This site includes Critical Thinking Squared and the accompanying blog. I am a signatory of the online petitions in support of the gendered conference campaign; please visit the official and unofficial petitions for details. My views on gender and feminism have also been cited in The Toronto Star, here, and most recently I’ve been interviewed on CBC Radio and on WDET/NPR regarding the new PhD program in Argumentation Studies.
I currently coordinate both of the required courses for the Argumentation PhD. In the coming years, in Philosophy, I expect to teach graduate courses on the epistemologies of ignorance (agnotology) and on other topics related to feminist and liberatory epistemology. For Fall 2018, this involves a graduate course on feminist standpoint epistemology. Undergraduate courses that I regularly teach include: (34-160) reasoning skills; (34-236/53-236) feminist philosophies; (34-257) philosophy of science; (34-260) informal logic — fallacies; (34-359/53-300) women, knowledge & reality; (34-255) knowledge, science & society; (34-473) pragmatism.