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Amanda Roth

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Welles 103

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)


  • “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 136: Medicine & Morality

    A non-technical, introductory-level course which explores basic moral issues in the related fields of medicine and psychology. Issues to be discussed include (1) Should we have socialized medicine? (2) Do we have an unlimited right to reproduce? (3) Should we engage in genetic control? (4) Is abortion moral? (5) Is euthanasia moral? (6) Should we experiment on human beings? (7) Is the notion of mental illness a myth? (8) Can behavior control be justified? (9) Are we free or determined? These questions are approached from various moral perspectives (e.g., egoism, relativism, utilitarianism, existentialism, intuitionism, and Kantianism). Not offered on a regular basis

  • 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. Offered every semester

  • 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