Sonya Marie Charles, PhD
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Philosophy and Comparative Religion
 Office: RT 1333
 Phone: 216-523-7144
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1333, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
reproduction, birth, assisted reproductive technology (ART), drugs, pregnancy, childbirth, women, feminist, midwifery, bioethics, philosophy, justice
Ph.D., Philosophy, Michigan State University, 2006
M.A., Philosophy with a concentration in Medical Ethics, University of Tennesee, Knoxville, 1999
M.A., American History, University of Kentucky, 1995
B.A., Political Science, Hendrix College, 1993
Brief Bio:
Since I began working at CSU in the fall of 2010, I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and the Cleveland area.  My main areas of interest are bioethics and feminist philosophy.  I specialize in reproductive issues.  I also have some interest in social and political philosophy.  Currently, I am the Undergraduate Advisor for the Philosophy Department.  If any students have an interest in my areas of research or philosophy in general, I encourage you to contact me.
Honors and Awards:
NEH Enduring Questions Grant, "What would an ideal society look like?" to run May 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012
Research Interests:
As I mentioned in the biography, my main areas of research are bioethics and feminist philosophy with a focus on reproductive issues.  I have published on the problem of multiple birth, women who take drugs during pregnancy, and violence against pregnant women.  Recently, I have worked on issues related to midwifery, VBAC, and the moral obligations of parents to children.
Teaching Areas:
I teach mainly in bioethics and a lot of lower-level philosophy courses that count for general education requirements.  I enjoy teaching many of these "topics" oriented courses for two reasons.  First, it allows me to introduce students to philosophy.  Second, it allows me to show students how philosophy can be relevant to their every day lives.
Professional Affiliations:
Society for Women in Philosophy
Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
American Philosophical Association
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
Bioethics Network of Ohio
University Service:
President's Advisory Committee on the Role and Status of Women, 2010-present
Undergraduate Advisor, Philosophy Department, 2009-present
CLASS E-Learning Committee, 2012-present
Judicial Affairs Committee, 2008-2011
Professional Leave of Absence Committee, 2008-2011
Bioethics Program Committee, Philosophy Department, 2008-present
Cirriculum Committee, Philosophy Department, 2008-present
Professional Service:
Co-chair, Program Committee, MSWIP Fall Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
Program Committee, ESWIP Spring Conference, John Carrol University, 2008