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Jennifer Bulcock, PhD

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Jennifer Bulcock, PhD, joined Cabrini University’s Philosophy and Liberal Studies Department in August 2015.

Bulcock's research interests fall primarily within the philosophy of medicine, bioethics, and criminal justice ethics. Her teaching interests cover most areas of applied ethics (esp. biomedical, environmental, and criminal justice), philosophy of law, philosophy of science, feminism, philosophy of sport, war and terrorism, and mental health.

Bulcock also has experience as a research assistant at the John P. McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and as a voting member of Baylor College of Medicine’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research. She remains deeply interested in the intersections of medicine and philosophy and how philosophy can help improve medical practice.

Bulcock earned her doctorate in Philosophy from Rice University, and her Master of Arts degree in Justice Studies and her Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine, Philosophy of Medicine, Bioethics, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Publications

  • J.A. Bulcock. 2014. “Health & Disease: II. Sociological Perspectives: Addendum.” In Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th edition, ed. Bruce Jennings, 1419- 1420. MacMillan Reference.

  • H.T. Engelhardt, Jr., K.W. Wildes and J.A. Bulcock. 2014. “Medicine, Philosophy of.” In Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th edition, ed. Bruce Jennings, 1976-1982. MacMillan Reference.

  • H.T. Engelhardt, Jr., K.W. Wildes and J.A. Bulcock. 2014. “Health & Disease: IV. Philosophical Perspectives.” In Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th edition, ed. Bruce Jennings, 1428-1434. MacMillan Reference.

  • J.P. Spike and J.A. Bulcock. 2015. “Human Subjects Research.” In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: An International Resource, 2nd edition, eds. J. Britt Holbrook and Carl Mitcham. Macmillan Reference.

  • J.A. Bulcock. (2010). “The Many Beginnings of Bioethics: A Comparison of American and Ibero-American Bioethics and the Possibility of a Global Bioethics.” In Ibero-American Bioethics: History and Perspectives. Eds. Leo Pessini, Christian de Paul de Barchifontaine, and Fernando Lolas Stepke. Trans. Jennifer A. Bulcock, Adail Sobral, and Maria Stella Gonçalves, 279-386. Springer Publishing.

Translation:

  • Christian de Paul de Barchifontaine, and Fernando Lolas Stepke. Trans. Jennifer A. Bulcock, Adail Sobral, and Maria Stella Gonçalves. Springer Publishing.

Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

  • “The Status of Mechanistic Evidence in Evidence-Based Medicine.” International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, Columbia University. November 20-21, 2013.
  • "Infecting the Evidence Base: How Value Laden Trial Methodology and Reporting in Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials Violate Scientific Integrity." Philosophy of Medicine Affinity Group, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 15th Annual Meeting. October 24-27, 2013.
  • “The Status of Mechanistic Evidence in Evidence-Based Medicine.” Special Symposium on Causation in/and Medicine, Congress on Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Ghent. September 16-18, 2013.
  • “The Status of Mechanistic Evidence in Evidence-Based Medicine.” International Advanced Seminar on the Philosophy of Medicine (IASPM) at the Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques, Paris, June 20-22, 2013.
  • “Teaching Feminist Philosophy as a First-Time Feminist.” 2013 American Philosophical Association Diversity in Philosophy Conference at the University of Dayton. May 29-31, 2013.
  • “Just Medicine?: Industry Funded Medical Research and the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine.” 2013 Conference on Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. May 22-24, 2013.
  • “Evidence-Based Medicine: Misrepresenting Theory in Practice.” Poster Presentation at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 14th Annual Meeting. October 18-21, 2012.
  • “Meet The Brewsters: A Novel Approach to Inter-Professional Healthcare Ethics Education.” Co-presentation with Jeffrey Spike for the Student and Residency Interest Affinity Group at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 14th Annual Meeting. October 18-21, 2012.
  • “Secular Bioethics: Law, Ethics, & the Hegelian Nature of Contemporary American Bioethics.” Presented at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture 12th Annual Fall Conference. November 10-12, 2011. 
  • “Private Institutions, Healthcare, and Conceptions of the Common Good.” Presented at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture 10th Annual Fall Conference. November 12-14, 2009.

Invited Presentations:

  • "Infecting the Evidence Base: How Value Laden Trial Methodology and Reporting in Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials Violate Scientific Integrity." Cabrini College, Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies. March 11, 2015. 
  • "Infecting the Evidence Base: How Value Laden Trial Methodology and Reporting in Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials Violate Scientific Integrity." Elizabethtown College, Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies. February 4, 2015.
  • “Faculty and Student Roundtable Discussion.” Invited Panelist. Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence, 2nd Annual Symposium. January 16, 2015. 
  • “Common Misunderstandings Involving Informed Consent.” Baylor College of Medicine’s Research Resources Office (RRO) Clinical Research Education Series. March 19, 2014.
  • “(Co)Teaching Your Way Out of the Box.” Rice University Philosophy Department. Co-presentation with Joe Adams and Christopher Dohna. October 11, 2013. 
  • “Common Misunderstandings Involving Informed Consent.” Baylor College of Medicine’s Clinical Research Education (CReEd) Sessions. March 15, 2012.

Panel Presentations:

  • Invited Panelist (Disaster Medical Ethics). Summer Reading Convocation. Cabrini College September 22, 2015. 
  • Invited Panelist. Women in Philosophy Conference. Department of Philosophy, Rice University. March 2012.

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