Susan A. Stark
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Hedge Hall, Room 307
Ph.D., M.A., Georgetown; B.A., Brown
Susan Stark works in moral psychology and social philosophy. Her work in moral psychology focuses on emotions and the roles that they do, can, and ought to play in morality. In social philosophy, she is working on two projects: the first is a defense of the moral and social imperative of making reparations, not only for institutionalized slavery, colonialism, and genocide, but also for ongoing racist policies and white supremacy. Her second project focuses on reproductive ethics. Here she argues that so-called alternative approaches to childbirth (home birth and midwifery care, for example) can be important vehicles for addressing the childbirth emergency in the US, constituted by the exorbitant rates of maternal mortality in the US, which are especially high for Black and brown birthing mothers. Alternative approaches to childbirth can promote autonomy and can also be important vehicles for addressing long-standing forms of oppression, including racism and sexism.