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Megan Dean


Megan Dean
Megan Dean

Chauncey Truax Post-doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

202 College Hill Road, Room 209
315-859-4890

Megan Dean’s research focuses on ethical issues relating to eating. She argues that the ways we practice and understand eating shape important parts of ourselves, including agency and self-understanding, and that this “self-shaping” feature of eating is un- or under-acknowledged in most conversations about food.

Dean’s current projects aim to articulate how eating shapes the self and to trace out the ethical implications of these self-shaping effects for clinical ethics, diet research, food policy, and personal food choice. She draws from a wide range of philosophical traditions, including phenomenology, bioethics, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy, as well as interdisciplinary work on food and eating. 

Dean comes from Nova Scotia, Canada, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, a master’s at the University of Alberta, and a doctorate at Georgetown University.

Recent Courses Taught

Philosophy of the Body
The Ethics and Politics of Food

Distinctions

  • Mellon-Sawyer Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2017-18
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2013-17

Select Publications

  • “Identity and the Ethics of Eating Interventions.” Dean, M. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2019. 
  • “Eating Identities, ‘Unhealthy’ Eaters, and Damaged Agency.” Dean, M. Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 4(3). Article 3, 2018.
  • “Inhospitable Health Care Spaces: Why Diversity Training on LGBTQIA Issues Is Not Enough.” Dean, M., E. Victor, L. Guidry-Grimes. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 3.4: 1-14, 2016. 
  • “Queer Phenomenology, Sexual Orientation, and Health Care Spaces: Learning from the Narratives of Queer Women and Nurses in Primary Health Care.” Heyes, C., M. Dean, L. Goldberg. Journal of Homosexuality 63.2: 141-155, 2015.
  • “You Are How You Eat? Femininity, Normalization, and Veganism as an Ethical Practice of Freedom.” Dean, M. Societies 4.2: 127-147, 2014.
  •  “Visualizing Resistance: Foucauldian Ethics and the Female Body Builder.” Dean, M. PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture 6.1: 64-89, 2011.

Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association 
Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy 

Appointed to the Faculty: 2019

Educational Background

Ph.D., Georgetown University
M.A., University of Alberta
B.A.H., University of King’s College and Dalhousie University

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