Megan Dean

Megan Dean
Megan Dean

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

202 College Hill Road, Room 209

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


  • 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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