Melinda Hall

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Melinda C. Hall is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics and continental philosophy, and her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of human enhancement and the social and cultural construction of disability. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University; her dissertation developed a critique of the notion that enhancement - especially the genetic selection of one's offspring - is a moral obligation. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Disability Studies Quarterly.


  • 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


» “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.

» “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

  • Bioethics

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