Speaker Profiles

Carolyn McLeod

Carolyn McLeod

Professor & Chair

Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Carolyn McLeod is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. She is also an adoptive parent and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Adopt4life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association.
Carolyn's expertise as a philosopher lies in applied ethics and feminist ethics. Much of her research concerns public policy matters that deal with the creation or dissolution of families with children. She has been directly involved in policy-making and public debate in Canada on topics that concern her research, including the right of health care professionals to make conscientious objections, public funding for in vitro fertilization, and improvements to our adoption systems. She is editor of Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (Oxford 2015) and author of the forthcoming Conscience in Reproductive Health Care: Prioritizing Patient Interests (Oxford 2020). She also led the research team that produced the report, “Time to Attach: An Argument in Favour of EI Attachment Benefits”.

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