Melissa Rees, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Siena College

University of Toronto: PhD Philosophy (2022)

Columbia University: M.A. Philosophy (2015)

University of California at Berkeley:  B.A. Double-major - Gender & Women's Studies and Rhetoric (2013)

Research Interests: Philosophy of Medicine, Bioethics, Feminist Philosophy 

I work in the philosophy of medicine and bioethics, as well as feminist philosophy and sexual ethics. My ethical interests are centered on autonomy and consent in both medical and sexual contexts. My approach to the philosophy of medicine is guided by the principle that social ontology and social epistemology give us insight into important categories relevant to medicine, e.g. placebo, disability, race.

The title of my dissertation is "Placebos: Their Nature and Ethical Implications." I presented an account of placebos wherein they are partially constituted by the social context of administration and are held to a distinctive norm. I defended my dissertation in October of 2022.