Lindsay Whittaker

Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant
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M.A., Philosophy, University of Washington, 2020
M.A., Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2018
B.A., Greek, University of Vermont, 2014
B.A., Latin, , University of Vermont, 2014
B.A., Philosophy, University of Vermont, 2014
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Academically my research areas are at the intersection of ethics, epistemology, and social/political philosophy. Given that I primarily work in food ethics, my dissertation topic will plausibly focus on Pet Food and the ethical implications, and considerations, that go into feeding our non-human companions. Other projects include the null-curricula of sex and the impacts on knowledge production within the sciences and, more recently, various social-political implications concerning HIV. Specifically, using HIV serostatus as a delimiting factor for border entry, the role of food security when distributing anti-retroviral therapies in food insecure localities, and elements of sero-disclosure within a philosophy of law framework. In the future I would also like to look at FIV and the social stigma surrounding FIV seropositive cats.

More broadly within philosophy I am concerned with cultivating an accessible discipline both within the classroom through evidence based pedagogy and in the graduate admissions processes more broadly. For more see the Philosophy Admissions Spreadsheet (

In addition to being a graduate student, I also work full time in Residential Life at the University of Washington as the COVID-19 Program Manager. In this capacity I oversee the COVID-19 and Monkeypox Virus isolation and quarantine logistics for our 10,000 residential student population and liaison with campus partners to keep students fed, housed, and connected should they need to isolate or quarantine on campus.