Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Carolyn McLeod



Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Health Care Ethics

Affiliate Member, Women's Studies and Feminist Research

BA, MA Queens; PhD Dalhousie

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85877
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4133
Website: Personal

2015-16 Teaching

Phil 9xxxA: Gender and Race

Phil 4994F: Parenthood and Procreation

Selected Publications


Conscience in Reproductive Health Care (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2002.

Edited Collections

Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges. Ed. F. Baylis and C. McLeod. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Let Conscience Be Their Guide? Conscientious Refusals in Health Care. Ed. C. McLeod and J. Downie. Special issue of Bioethics 28(1), 2014.

Understanding and Protecting Reproductive Autonomy. Ed. C. McLeod. Special issue of Bioethics 23(1), 2009.


“’Not for the Faint of Heart’: Assessing the Status Quo on Adoption and Parental Licensing” (with A. Botterell). In Family-Making, ed. F. Baylis and C. McLeod: pp. 151-167.

“Justification for Conscience Exemptions in Health Care,” co-authored with L. Kantymir. Special issue of Bioethics on Conscientious Refusals. Ed. C. McLeod and J. Downie, 28(1), 2014: 16-23.

“Moving Forward with a Clear Conscience: A Model Conscientious Objection Policy for Canadian Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons” (with J. Downie and J. Shaw), Health Law Review 21(3), 2013: 28-32.

“Taking a Feminist Relational Perspective on Conscience.” In Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law and Policy. Ed. J. Downie and J. Lewellyn. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011. pp. 161-181.

“Trust.” In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Edward N. Zalta. Substantial revision 2011, originally published 2006.

“Harm or Mere Inconvenience? Denying Women Emergency Contraception,” Hypatia 25(1), 2010: 11-30.

“Morally Justifying Oncofertility Research.” In Oncofertility: Reflections from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ed. T. K. Woodruff, L. Zoloth, L. Campo-Engelstein, and S. Rodriguez. New York: Springer, 2010. 187-194.

“Referral in the Wake of Conscientious Objection to Abortion,” Hypatia 23(4), 2008: 30-47.