Amanda Roth

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies, Coordinator of WGST
Welles 107A

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.

Personal webpage

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Office Hours

Fall 2022 TBD

Also by appointment.


Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Lafayette College (2004)

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


  • “Nonideal Theory and Ethical Pragmatism in Bioethics: Value Conflicts in LGBTQ+ Family-Making” in Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World, edited by Elizabeth Victor and Laura Guidry-Grimes 2021

  • “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.