People

Acting Director

Lauren Bialystok (Acting Director, September 2022 – June 2023) is Associate Professor of Ethics and Education in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2009. She was a Centre for Ethics Visiting Fellow in 2015 and has been an Affiliated Faculty member since 2013. Her research spans topics in ethics, education, and identity; she has published on authenticity, social justice education, open-mindedness, sex education, teaching philosophy, and liberalism, among other topics. Her book Touchy Subject: The History and Philosophy of Sex Education (co-authored with Lisa Andersen) will be published by the University of Chicago Press in October 2022.

Faculty Fellows

Dr. Sameena Hasan Siddiqui (Centre for Ethics Faculty Fellow in Ethics), Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia

Dr. Sameena Hasan Siddiqui is Professor and former Director at the Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. She studied at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and completed her Ph.D from Arts Faculty, University of Delhi. Her area of specialization is socio-cultural history of Medieval India with special focus on Sufism.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sarah Warren (Centre for Ethics Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics), Philosophy, Emory University

Sarah is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Ethics. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Emory University, where her dissertation examined philosophical contributions to thinking through the environmental crisis and its relationship to self-world understanding, moving between eco-phenomenology, new materialism, and American pragmatism (especially the naturalistic metaphysics of John Dewey). Alongside this research, Sarah has a strong interest in supporting interdisciplinary, public-inclusive, and digital scholarship projects. Working within programs and organizations like the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Philosophers for Sustainability, and Common Good Atlanta, she strives to mobilize humanistic study in service of the worldly experiences and concerns that undergird and suffuse it.

Federica Berdini (she/they) (Centre for Ethics Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics), Philosophy, University of Bologna

Federica’s research focuses on human agency and its societal and interpersonal recognition and attribution, and brings together ethics, philosophical and moral psychology, as well as feminist and social philosophy. In particular, she is interested in cases of agency exercised in non-ideal conditions or by ‘imperfect’ agents. Her most recent project, titled “The Nature and Ethics of Coping”, provides a philosophical account of the psychological phenomena of coping with stressful, traumatic, and challenging situations, and explores the ethical dimensions of such situations. Previously, Federica has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Éthique in Montréal and at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She is also co-founder of the Italian Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP Italia), where she served as member of the Executive Board and as coordinator of a mentoring program for women in philosophy.

Race, Ethics, and Power Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Vasuki Shanmuganathan (REP Research Associate)

Dr. Vasuki Shanmuganathan is a Research Associate at the Centre for Ethics with the Race, Ethics, and Power (REP) Project. Her research is at the intersections of race and colonialism. As lead investigator with the SHADES study, supported by Women’s College Hospital, she examines the impact of shadeism across racialized communities. Her current book project examines race formations in the colonial context and its influences on new technologies which impact social policy. She has taught at Queen’s University, Trent, and University of Toronto in Women and Gender, Media, Global Asia Studies, German, and History departments. She is the founder of the award-winning Tamil Archive Project (TAP). Instagram and Twitter.

Letticia Cosbert Miller (REP Fellow)

Letticia is a PhD student in the department of Classics at the University of Toronto, as well as writer and curator of contemporary art. She holds an MA in Classics from Western University and a BA in Classics from the University of Toronto. Letticia’s academic research explores the artistic and literary reception of Classics across the Black Atlantic. Her writing and editorial work has appeared in the Toronto Star, BlackFlash Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, MOMUS, as well as in publications by Aperture Foundation, the Aga Khan Museum, Gardiner Museum, Akimbo, and others. Letticia has curated exhibitions for Trinity Square Video, The Blackwood Gallery, and others.

Abarna Selvarajah (REP Fellow)

Abarna is a PhD student in the Social Justice Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a researcher, facilitator, and activist whose community-based research examines the intersections of gender, immigration, and displacement. Her research explores the effects of settlement and integration policy on mature Tamil-Canadian women, and its roots in colonialism and state-building. Prior to this, Abarna received a Master’s of Arts in Social Justice Education with a specialization in Diaspora and Transnational Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Joint-Honours degree in Political Science and History from the University of Ottawa.