Rachel Levit Ades

School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies
Arizona State University

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Disability, Applied Ethics, Bioethics
Areas of Competence: Normative Ethics, Political Philosophy


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2015-present
Ph.D. Philosophy

Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2009-2013
B.A. Philosophy with Distinction in Major, cum laude

ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ADACTCP), 2019-2021
Certified ADA Coordinator
Link to ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program

Refereed Presentations

“The ‘Rights’ Road To Inclusion: Disability Rights, Care and Normalcy”
AMINTAPHIL Conference on Education, Inclusion, and Justice, October 2020

“The New (Old) Social Model of Disability”
UNCA 3rd Biennial Philosophy of Disability Conference, March 2020

First Place Graduate Essay, Disability Ethics Affinity Group, Fall 2018
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
“Against the Statue in the Stone: Disability Identity and the
Counterfactual Account of Harm”
ASBH Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

“Human Beings, or, The Modern Hephaestus:
A Better Perspective On Emerging Technology and Disability,”
April 2018
Section: Disability Studies: Fanfic and Myth
New Visions Graduate Conference: University of Arizona

“Visualizing A Deaf City,” April 2016
Section: Seeing Disability
New Visions Graduate Conference, University of Arizona

Invited Presentations

ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Presenter, March 2019
Un/Knowing Disability
Title: “Emancipatory Disability Studies and a Place for Academic Philosophy”

ASU IHR Research Grant Recipient, Spring 2018
Presenter at Well-Being Roundtable Discussion
Paper: “Disability Identity and Harm”

Applied Ethics Internships

Intern, Diversity Administration, City of Mesa, AZ Spring 2020-present
Work with city ADA coordinator on ADA Transition Plan
Evaluate program access

Internship in Clinical Bioethics, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ Summer 2017
Observed ethics board and IRB,
Attended rounds with palliative care and ICU team
Wrote medical ethics paper under supervision of doctor and ethicist

Intern, Legal Department, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Summer 2016
Researched and edited for NAD Language Deprivation Task Force
Volunteer at first National Deaf Education Conference

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate courses developed & taught:

Committee Member, Barrett Honors College Undergraduate Thesis,
May 2019-May 2020
Project: Change Starts Here: The Role Institutions of Higher Learning Play In
Normalizing Disability and Breaking Down Barriers to Inclusion

Teaching Assistant, Arizona State University, Philosophy Sept 2015-May 2021

Professional Service

“An End To Blind Review”
APA Diversity & Inclusiveness Blog Post
Feb 20, 2020
Link to blog post

Accessibility Consultant, Fall 2019-present

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter at ASU

Public Philosophy

Instructor/Leader, Big Ideas Discussion Group Spring 2021

Taught eight-week philosophy discussion for adults with disabilities

Detour Academy, Detour Company Theatre

Languages: American Sign Language (ASL)-fluent; French-limited working proficiency

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