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Melinda Hall

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Melinda C. Hall is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bio-medical ethics, ethics, and Continental philosophy. Much of her published and ongoing work deals with questions in the philosophy of disability, and her research interests include emerging technologies, reproduction, and human enhancement. She engages landmark figures in Continental philosophy, including Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, and Martin Heidegger, both in her research and in the classroom. Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Philosophy Compass, Disability Studies Quarterly, and other venues.


  • Ph.D., philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., philosophy, American University
  • B.A., political science, American University

Course Topics

  • 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Bio-Medical Ethics

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Continental philosophy
  • Disability studies
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Feminist theory
  • Logic
  • 19th century political philosophy


  • The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (Lexington Books, 2016).
  • "Patient Interpretation: Kristeva’s Model for the Caregiver," in New Forms of Revolt: Kristeva’s Intimate Politics, edited by Sarah Hansen and Rebecca Tuvel. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, forthcoming.
  • "Horrible Heroes: Liberating Alternative Visions of Disability in Horror," Disability Studies Quarterly Vol. 36, No.1 (2016). Web.
  • "Continental Approaches in Bioethics," Philosophy Compass Vol. 10, No. 3 (2015): 161-172.
  • edited work: "Pouvoirs de l’horreur," entry in Contemporary Literary Criticism Series Vol. 367, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014.
  • book review: "Picturing Disability: Beggar, Freak, Citizen, and Other Photographic Rhetoric," Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014): 121-124.
  • "Vile Sovereigns in Bioethical Debate," Disability Studies Quarterly Special Issue: "Improving Feminist Philosophy and Theory by Taking Account of Disability," Vol. 33, No. 4 (2013). Web.
  • "Reconciling the Disability Critique and Reproductive Liberty: The Case of Negative Genetic Selection," International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Vol. 6, No. 1 (2013): 121-143.

Melinda Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Philosophy of Disability

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