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Community involvement in research ethics governance


This SSHRC-funded project, supervised by Dr. Phoebe Friesen, involves an examination of the various strategies that communities have used to have a say in governing research that impacts them. The project involves a scoping review of the strategies, demands, and justifications that communities have put forward in relation to their involvement in governing research, as well as interviews with community members and other stakeholders who have been involved in these initiatives.


My work on Dr. Friesen's project has consisted primarily in highlighting the epistemic dimensions of injustice in Canada's system of research oversight. 

Graduate Award Program

McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)


Each year, the IHSP awards 7-10 GAP fellowships to graduate students whose doctoral research is connected to understanding how social conditions impact population health and welfare. As a participant in the GAP program, I explored the policy implications of my doctoral thesis, 'Epistemic Ignorance and Health Inequity in Canada.'  My analysis focused specifically on Canada's equity response to COVID-19.

Is 'race' a risk factor for vitamin D deficiency?

A critical appraisal of Quayshawn Spencer's genuine kind realism 


This project was done in collaboration with McGill's biology department and under the supervision of Eran Tal, Canada Research Chair in Data Ethics.

It formed the basis of my PhD candidacy (qualifying) paper. This paper critically examines Spencer's (2018 and 2019) genuine kind realism about race in light of recent research on disparities in health outcomes and measures of vitamin D nutritional status among Black and white Americans.  


The results of my analysis were presented at The University of Pennsylvania's conference on the philosophy of race (organized by MAP-Penn).

The Equality Project


The Equality Project is a collective and interdisciplinary effort funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  The project highlights feminist participants in the querelle des femmes, a debate about the nature and worth of women that unfolded in Europe from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. 


My work on the project included research, translation, supervising undergraduate research, and maintaining the project’s website.  


I co-authored the entry on the querelle des femmes in the Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences with Marguerite Deslauriers, one of the project's principal investigators


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