Dr. Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies, Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center, and core faculty in the Disability Studies Program.

Joel Reynolds

He is the founder of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability, which he edits with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke. At the broadest level, Dr. Reynolds' work explores the relationship between bodies, values, and society. He is especially concerned with the meaning of disability, the issue of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might improve the lives of people with disabilities and the justness of institutions ranging from medicine to politics. These concerns lead to research across a range of traditions and specialties, including philosophy of disability, applied ethics (especially biomedical ethics and public health), European and American philosophy (with an emphasis on phenomenology and pragmatism as practiced in connection with history of philosophy), and social epistemology (particularly issues of epistemic injustice as linked to social ontology). Dr. Reynolds is the author of The Life Worth Living: Disability, Pain, and Morality (forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press), The Meaning of Disability (under contract with Oxford University Press), and Philosophy of Disability: An Introduction (under contract with Polity). He is the co-editor of The Disability Bioethics Reader (forthcoming with Routledge) with Christine Wieseler, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability (under contract with Oxford University Press) with Erik Parens, Liz Bowen, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and of a special issue of The Hastings Center Report, “For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” with Erik Parens. Current work includes a number of journal articles as well as chapters for The Oxford Handbook of Social EpistemologyApplying Nonideal Theory to BioethicsThe Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling, and Critical Humanities and Aging. Recent authored or co-authored articles of his appear in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Critical Philosophy of Race, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, The Hastings Center Report, and Chiasmi International. His public philosophy has been featured in TIME, The New York Times (forthcoming), HuffPost, AEON, The Conversation, Health Progress, and in a Tedx talk. Currently, he is the co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion, and a board member of the Society for Philosophy and Disability. Dr. Reynolds earned his B.A. in Philosophy as well as Religious Studies from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 2009 and earned his PhD from Emory University in 2017. From 2017-2020, he was the inaugural Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center.