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Amanda Roth

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Coordinator of WGST
Welles 107A
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Amanda Roth is an assistant professor in philosophy and women's studies. Roth joined the faculty in 2014. She attended Lafayette College as an undergraduate and the University of Michigan for her Ph.D. Her main areas of specialization include Moral & Political Philosophy, Bioethics, Feminist Philosophy, and Gender & Sexuality.

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Office Hours

Spring 2020 - M, 9-9:30 - W, 10:15 - 11:15 - F, 12:30 - 2:00.

Also by appointment.


Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Lafayette College (2004)

  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan (2010)


  • “What is Pregnancy Ambivalence? Is it Maternal Ambivalence?” for The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency, edited by Sara LaChance Adams, Tanya Cassidy, and Susan Hogan, 2020

  • “Double Rainbow Baby” (creative nonfiction essay), Forthcoming in Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories, ed. Sara Graefe

  • “Experience as Evidence: Pregnancy Loss, Pragmatism, and Fetal Status” The Journal of Social Philosophy, 49, 2 (Summer 2018): 270-93.

  • “(Feminist) Abortion Ethics and Fetal Status” Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism [Peer-reviewed volume], ed. Pieranna Garavasco 2018

  • “Introduction to Feminist Value Theory” in Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism [Peer-reviewed volume], ed. Pieranna Garavasco, 2018 (co-authored with Pieranna Garavasco)

  • “(Queer) Family Values and ‘Reciprocal IVF’: What Difference Does Sexual Identity Make?” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 27, 3 (Sept. 2017): 443-73

  • “Clinical Responses to Infertility in Lesbians and Queer Women,” Fertility & Sterility Dialog May 15, 2017 (co-authored with Timothy Murphy)

  • “So This Lesbian Couple Walks into a Fertility Clinic: Bioethics and the Medicalization of Queer Women’s Reproduction,” APA Newsletter on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Philosophy, 15 No. 2 (Spring 2016): 6-12.

  • “What Does Queer Family Equality Have to Do With Reproductive Ethics?” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 9 No. 1 (Spring 2016): 27-67.


  • PHIL 236: Medicine & Morality

    This is a non-technical, introductory course in bioethics which explores questions of value with regard to medicine, the provision of healthcare, the very notion of health, and bio-technology aimed at improving our lives. We will consider the role of values within medicine and healthcare fields, the methods by which we can make (bio)ethical evaluations and the major values/principles underlying contemporary bioethics as a field. The bulk of the course will involve focus on specific moral controversies in medicine and biotechnology. These controversies might include: the value of patient autonomy, the ethics of cosmetic surgery, medicine and sexuality, reproductive technology, and ethical issues in death and dying.

  • WGST 100: Intro to Women's&GenderStudies

    An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist issues and to problems of special importance to Women’s and Gender Studies, which students may go on to pursue in further depth. Examples include the nature of gender in the US and cross-culturally; how gender functions within a system of privilege and oppression; how gender intersects with other forms of oppression such as race, class, and LGBTQ status; and feminist activism across the three feminist “waves.” In the course of examining these topics, students will be introduced to a wide array of feminist theoretical frameworks, Liberal Feminism, Radical Feminism, Black Feminism, and Postmodern Feminism. Students will then explore applications of these theories to various topics of historical and contemporary interest to women, such as pornography, sexuality, violence, and sexual assault, among other topics.

  • WGST 330: Feminist Theories

    This interdisciplinary course will familiarize students with diverse theories of feminism through close reading of classic and contemporary texts. Theoretical approaches covered might include: liberal, radical, cultural, socialist, womanist/multiracial, standpoint, lesbian, queer, poststructural, and postcolonial feminism. Particular emphasis will be placed on debates over gender as a category of analysis, sameness/difference, essentialism, deconstruction, epistemology, and intersectionality. Prerequisite: One course from: WGST 201-205, 210, 220, 230, 240. Offered every fall