My research is both theoretical and practical. Some of it concerns how to understand moral concepts such as trust, autonomy, and conscience, while other projects focus on pressing issues in public policy. I have a particular interest in policy matters that deal with the creation or dissolution of families with children. For example, I’ve published work on the provision and use of medically assisted reproduction, on parental licensing or vetting, on conscientious objections by health care professionals to provide reproductive services (e.g., abortions), and on reproductive justice for marginalized social groups.
I’ve been directly involved in policy-making and public debate in Canada on topics that concern my research, including the right of health care professionals to make conscientious objections, public funding for in vitro fertilization, and improvements to our adoption systems.
My training in feminist philosophy informs all of my research, teaching, and policy efforts. I’m deeply committed to bringing a feminist lens to the subjects I study and to mentoring the next generation of feminist philosophers and bioethicists.
McLeod, C. Conscience in Reproductive Health Care: Prioritizing Patient Interests. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2020.
Baylis, F. and C. McLeod, eds. Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.
McLeod, C. Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2002.
Articles or Chapters
Demir-Doğuoğlu, H. and C. McLeod. “Towards a Feminist Theory of Distrust.” In The Moral Psychology of Trust. Ed. M. Alfano, D. Collins, and I. V. Jovanović. London: Lexington Books, 2023. Pp. 125-143.
Stewart, H., E. Cichocki, and C. McLeod. “A Perfect Storm for Epistemic Injustice: Algorithmic Targeting and Sorting on Social Media,” Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 8(3/4), 2022: Article 8.
McLeod, C. “The Right to Reproduce.” In the Routledge Handbook of Feminist Bioethics. Ed. W. Rogers, S. Carter, V. Entwistle, C. Mills, J. Leach Scully. New York: Routledge, 2022. Pp. 451-462.
McLeod, C. and E. Ryman. “Trust, Autonomy, and the Fiduciary Relationship.” In Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics, and Law. Ed. P. B. Miller and M. Harding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. Pp. 74-86.
McLeod, C. “Trust,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta, revised 2020; originally published 2006, URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/trust/.
McLeod, C., and A. Botterell. “Parental Licensing and Discrimination.” In the Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Childhood and Children. Ed. G. Calder, J. De Wispelaere, and A. Gheaus. New York: Routledge, 2018. pp. 202-212.
McLeod, C. “The Medical Nonnecessity of In Vitro Fertilization,” IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 10(1), 2017: 78-102.
Botterell, A. and C. McLeod. “Licensing Parents in International Contract Pregnancies,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 33(2), 2016: 178-96.
Botterell, A. and C. McLeod. “Can a Right to Reproduce Justify the Status Quo on Parental Licensing?” In Permissible Progeny. Ed. R. Vernon, S. Hannan, and S. Brennan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. pp. 184-207.
McLeod, C. and C. Fitzgerald. “Conscientious Refusal and Access to Abortion and Contraception.” In the Routledge Companion to Bioethics. Ed. J. Arras, E. Fenton, and R. Kukla. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. pp. 343-356.
Shaw, J., J. Downie, and C. McLeod. “Moving Forward With a Clear Conscience: A Model Conscientious Objection Policy for Canadian Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons,” Health Law Review 21(3), 2014: 28-32.
McLeod, C. “Harm or Mere Inconvenience? Denying Women Emergency Contraception,” Hypatia 25(1), 2010: 11-30.
Baylis, F. and C. McLeod. “The Stem Cell Debate Continues: The Buying and Selling of Eggs for Research,” Journal of Medical Ethics 33(12), 2007: 726-731.