Lauren Freeman

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Prof. Freeman joined the Department of Philosophy in 2013 after having held positions at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and Duquesne University. She does research in Feminist Bioethics, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Medicine, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophical Pedagogy.

Some of the themes with which her research has engaged include epistemic injustice in pregnancy, recognition within the phenomenological tradition, autonomy and selfhood within feminist and phenomenological traditions, philosophical pedagogy and making classrooms safer for members of marginalized groups, stereotype threat, implicit bias, and microaggressions. Her published work has appeared in journals such asInquiry, The International Journal on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Philosophy Compass, The Journal of Philosophy and Medicine, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, The APA Newsletter on Feminism and PhilosophyContinental Philosophy Review, Philosophy Today, as well as in HypatiaThe Review of Metaphysics, and the American Journal of Bioethics. She has also co-edited (with Andreas Elpidorou) a special issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences on the topic of the phenomenology and science of emotion and is currently editing a special issue of the International Journal on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics on the theme of “Feminist Phenomenology, Medicine, Bioethics, and Health.” In 2016, she was interviewed by Nature on her co-authored work (with Saray Ayala) on the placental microbiome and more specifically, on the dangers of understanding illness too narrowly (i.e., as a set of symptoms) and of failing to understand the broader social determinants of health.

Currently, she is working on an interdisciplinary project in applied philosophy, which spans the areas of psychology, philosophy of medicine, critical race theory, and gender theory. This research is being supported by a two-year grant from University of Louisville’s Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research and involves partnerships with the Kentucky Health Network and with University of Louisville’s School of Medicine. It will culminate in a book called Microaggressions in Clinical Contexts: A Theoretical and Practical Account.