Lindsay Whittaker
Graduate Student in Philosophy
University of Washington

Current “Pet” Project:

Philosophy Admissions Spreadsheet: this is a multi-tab spreadsheet with information on the admission requirements for various MA and PhD programs in philosophy. That is, it keeps track of  requirements such as deadlines, whether the GRE is required, how many letters of recommendation an applicant needs, if an official or unofficial transcript (or both) is required, funding information for MA programs, etc. Currently, it includes ~100 PhD programs and ~30 MA programs. (If sharing the spreadsheet, I do ask folks to use bit.ly/PhilAdm just so I can keep track of how often it is accessed. I only see numbers though!)


Interests and Concentrations:

Primarily, I am interested in both ethics and epistemology with concentrations in pet food ethics, testimony, and philosophy of liberation. My research and approach to teaching draws on philosophies of liberation in Latin America, feminist epistemology, feminist philosophy, and care ethics. Outside of philosophy, I have interests in human relations facilitation and difficult dialogues mediation and currently work in Residential Life (Assistant Resident Director) and the QCenter (Graduate Training and Education Coordinator) at the University of Washington



  • Food Ethics: production/consumption practices, pet food, concerns of complicity
  • Epistemic injustice: (dis)belief in testimony, implicit bias
  • Restorative Justice/Practices: non-retributive models of justice and harm mediation/reparation
  • Philosophy of Liberation: social movements, solidarity, and respect for alterity, policy interventions

Most of the papers I am currently working on focuses on one of two things. The first set of papers concerns pets, pet food, and plausible extensions of Universal Healthcare arguments towards companion and service animals. The second set of papers concerns policies and practices concerning HIV seropositivity for country ingress/immigration and the import of centering consumption needs when deploying ARV/ART treatments in communities where there is food insecurity/inequities.


Teaching Assistant Positions:

  • Phil 242: Medical Ethics
  • Phil 120: Logic
  • Phil 114: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 102: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 4334: Jurisprudence
  • PHIL 2115: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 1504: Logic
  • PHIL 1304: Morality and Justice
  • PHIL 1204: Knowledge and Reality
  • PHIL 013: Introduction to Logic
  • CLAS 042: Mythology



M.A., Philosophy—2018
Virginia Tech

B.A., Greek, Latin, and Philosophy — 2014 
Minor: Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies
University of Vermont