Ami Harbin

Ami Harbin

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Ami Harbin
Assistant professor
Women and Gender Studies

Dr. Ami Harbin brings expertise to a variety of disciplines, teaching in the Department of Philosophy and in the Women and Gender Studies Program. A new face on campus, the assistant professor arrived at Oakland in August 2012 and teaches Bioethics, Feminist Theory, Introduction to Ethics and Introduction to Women and Gender Studies. She has also taught courses in Introductory Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy of Sex and Love.

Dr. Harbin’s research examines questions in moral psychology about how experiences motivate action. She has received doctoral and postdoctoral awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and was further supported in postdoctoral work by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through a grant at Novel Tech Ethics Institute. In bioethics, her postdoctoral work focused on mental health ethics and health care for queer and transgender individuals. Dr. Harbin's postdoctoral research in social philosophy focused on collective agency in working against North American colonialism.  In 2012, she received a national grant from CIHR to organize a public symposium on the topic of mental illness and social isolation.

Active in several professional organizations in the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Harbin is currently serving on the executive boards of two international professional organizations: the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) and the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC). She also co-edited a special journal issue of “PhaenEx” on phenomenology, affect and emotion, which was published in January 2013. 

Additionally, she was on a panel organized in January by the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine about the 2007 film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and is also participating in the executive committee of Women and Gender Studies at OU. She was recently selected to receive an OU University Research Committee Faculty Research Fellowship for the summer of 2013, to support research into experiences of disorientation and moral psychology.  

Dr. Harbin received an Honors degree in Philosophy from Dalhousie University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Concordia University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University.

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