Freeman promoted to Full Professor
This summer the Philosophy Department gained a new Full Professor! Dr. Lauren Freeman, who arrived at UofL in 2013 as a rising scholar in both feminist bioethics and the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, was promoted this year to the rank of Professor based on her amazing accomplishments since tenure in 2017. Just in those five years, Lauren has published a dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, edited the first philosophical anthology on microaggressions, and, along with her co-author and former student Dr. Heather Stewart, secured a contract for their book Microaggressions in Medicine, due out in 2024 from Oxford University Press. Many of her articles have appeared in the most widely read and prestigious journals in the field of health care ethics. Happily, you can get a great overview of her work in this 2022 video, produced as part of the ongoing Health Care Ethics virtual speaker series, which Lauren also coordinates.
In addition to her promotion, Lauren was selected in 2022-23 as one of a small crop of “Ascending Stars” by the UofL Office of Research & Innovation.
Lauren’s contributions go beyond research & publication. As the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Lauren directs our Health Care Ethics MA program, advising and mentoring students, teaching core courses, and overseeing their capstone internships at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health as well as the Kentucky Cabinet for Public Health. Lauren is also one of the department’s most in-demand teachers, having developed an undergraduate course in Feminist Bioethics and regularly teaching Contemporary Ethical Problems and Feminist Philosophy. This fall she will be offering the capstone on the timely and important topic of Food, Bodies, & Oppression.