Emma Alice Hughes Ryman

Doctoral Student

Department of Philosophy

Research Area:
Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy,
Feminist Bioethics

Degrees:
BA in Philosophy, McGill University
MA in Philosophy, Western University

Emma Ryman is a doctoral student in the department of Philosophy at UWO. Her primary area of research is feminist bioethics. Emma’s research is motivated by an interest in the relationship between duty, trust, and vulnerability. In her doctoral research, she defends the view that doctors act as fiduciaries in the context of commercial surrogacy, and she explores the normative implications and limitations of their fiduciary duties. Her other research interests include distributive justice, medical research ethics, and implicit bias.

Emma is interested in many topics in moral, political, and legal philosophy. In the past, she has done work on luck egalitarianism and the capabilities approach in the context of health care justice and the global medical research enterprise. Her current research focuses on doctors’ fiduciary duties in commercial surrogacy. In her thesis, she provides a justification for why the doctor-surrogate relationship should be recognized as fiduciary. She studies how the commercial surrogacy industry undermines doctors’ ability to uphold their fiduciary duties and responds to these challenges, exploring how the commercial surrogacy industry must change to support doctors as fiduciaries. She also investigates what kinds of duties fertility doctors have to the future children they help create through surrogacy. Her other ongoing research projects include a joint project with Dr. Katy Fulfer on what they call the ‘patient-worker’ model for conceptualizing the moral status of clinical labourers, and a project on the relationship between trust and implicit bias.

MA Thesis:

Justice and the Global Medical Research Enterprise, Western University, 2013.

Articles:

Ryman, Emma. (2012). “Derrida and Merleau-Ponty on Husserl: The Heterogeneity in Tactile Auto-Affection.” Pensées 10.

Conference Presentations:

“Fiduciary Duties in Commercial Surrogacy,” Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) Affinity Group Meeting at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), Houston, Texas, October 2015.

“The Patient-Worker: A Model for Transnational Human Subjects Research and Contract Pregnancy,” Presented with co-author Dr. Katy Fulfer (Hood College) at the Consuming Intimacies Symposium, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario, October 2015.

“Research Without Informed Consent: Moral Asymmetries Between Children and Incapable Adults,” Graduate Student Colloquium, Philosophy Department, Western University, London, Ontario, November 2014.

“Guinea Pigs and Baby Ovens: The Objectification of Vulnerable Populations in Transnational Human Subjects Research and Commercial Contract Pregnancy,”

  1. Southwestern Ontario Feminism and Philosophy Workshop (SOFPW), Western University, London, Ontario, September 2014.
  2. Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) Conference, Mexico City, June 2014.
  3. Graduate Student Colloquium, Philosophy Department, Western University, London, Ontario, March 2014 Presented with co-author Dr. Katy Fulfer (Hood College). The Workshop for Global Surrogacy and Reproductive Markets, University of Ottawa/Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, February 2014.

“Going With Your Gut: Trust and the Implications of Implicit Racial Bias,” The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) Conference, Tempe, Arizona, October 2013.

As: “Trust and the Implications of Implicit Racial Bias,” Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) Congress, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Colombia, June 2013.

“Global Justice, Sufficiency, and Medical Research,” Works in Progress Series, Philosophy Department, Western University, London, Ontario, July 2013.

“Derrida and Merleau-Ponty on Husserl: The Heterogeneity in Tactile Auto-Affection,” Graduate Student Colloquium, Philosophy Department, Western University, London, Ontario, October 2012

Non-Scholarly Contributions:

McLeod, Carolyn, Françoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, Alana Cattapan, and Emma Ryman. “Submission on Conscientious Objection” (Submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) on proposed policy 2-15). 20 February 2015.

“Fiduciary Duties Limit Physicians Freedom of Conscience,” March 5, 2015. Impact Ethics Blog (http://impactethics.ca/2015/03/05/fiduciary-duties-limit-physicians-freedom-of-conscience/)

“Feminist Phenomenology, Race, and Perception: An Interview with Alia Al-Saji,” June 10, 2013. Rotman Institute of Philosophy Blog (http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/feminist-phenomenology-race-and-perception-an-interview-with-alia-al-saji/)

“Veronica Vasterling on Pseudoscientific Gender Claims,” July 23, 2013. Rotman Institute of Philosophy Blog (http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/veronica-vasterling-on-pseudoscientific-gender-claims/)

Teaching Assistant, PHIL 2079F: Sports Ethics (Western University, F2015) For Dr. Samantha Brennan

Teaching Assistant, PHIL 1305F: Questions of the Day (Western University, F2014) For Dr. Carolyn McLeod

Teaching Assistant, PHIL 2720G: Ethics of Professional Relationships (Western University, W2013) For Dr. Carolyn McLeod

Teaching Assistant, PHIL 1305F: Questions of the Day (Western University, F2012) For Dr. Arthur Yates