Sonya Marie Charles, PhD
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Philosophy and Comparative Religion
 Office: RT 1335
 Phone: 216-523-7144
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1335, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
reproduction, birth, assisted reproductive technology (ART), pregnancy, childbirth, women, feminist, midwifery, bioethics, philosophy, autonomy, ethics, virtue ethics
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 2007, I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and the Cleveland area.  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:
My main areas of interest are bioethics and feminist philosophy.  I specialize in reproductive issues.  My dissertation work was actually on theories of personal autonomy so I also have some interest in social and political philosophy.  More recently, I have been interested in virtue ethics and am currently working on some research projects related to that topic.
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 Philosophical Association
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
University Service:
Grievance Officer, AAUP, 2018-Present
Honors Council, 2014-present
University Task Force on Developing Family Friendly Policies, Spring 2016-Fall 2017
CLASS Peer Review Committee, 2014-2016
Executive Committee, AAUP, 2012-2016
Bargaining Council, AAUP,2009-2011, 2014-2015,2019-2020
President's Advisory Committee on the Role and Status of Women, Cleveland State University, 2010-2013
Undergraduate Advisor, Philosophy Department, 2009-present
Bioethics Program Committee, Philosophy Department, Cleveland State University, 2007-present
CLASS E-learning Committee, 2012-2014
University Judicial Board, Cleveland State University, 2008-2012
Professional Leave of Absence Committee, Cleveland State University, 2008- 2011
Visiting Speakers Committee, Philosophy Department, Cleveland State University, 2007-2008, 2013
Professional Service:
Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee, Society for Women in Philosophy, 2012-2016
Co-chair, Program Committee, MSWIP Fall Conference, Simpson College, 2014
Mentoring Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 19-21 June 2011
Co-chair, Program Committee, MSWIP Fall Conference, University of Wisconsin, 2010
Program Committee, ESWIP Spring Conference, John Carroll University, 2008
Co-chair, Program Committee, MSWIP Spring Conference, Michigan State University, 2003