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Laura M. CupplesLaura M. Cupples

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
808A McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480
Phone: 803-528-7111
Fax: 865-974-3509


My Ph.D. is from the University of South Carolina. I joined the department in the Fall of 2021.

My research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of disability, bioethics, feminist philosophy.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Colorafi, Karen, Laura Cupples, Davi Kallman, and Jae Kennedy. Forthcoming. “Disability Stories: Personal Perspectives of People with Disabilities on Navigating the U.S. Healthcare System.” Disability & Society.
  • Cupples, Laura M. Forthcoming. “Knowing with the Disability Community: Building a Disability Standpoint for Health Policy Research.” IJFAB: The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.
  • Cupples, Laura M. 2020. “Disability, Epistemic Harms, and the Quality Adjusted Life Year.” IJFAB: The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 13(1): 45-62.
  • Cupples, Laura M. 2019. “Measure Development and the Hermeneutic Task.” Synthese. Pp. 1-16. <
  • Cupples, Laura M. 2017. “The Epistemological Roles of Models in Health Science Measurement” In McClimans, Leah. (Ed.). Measurement in Medicine: Essays in Assessment and Evaluation. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Medicine & Philosophy, 2021
  • Member of the Program Committee for the Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) 8 Conference (postponed due to Covid-19)
  • Member of the Program Committee for the 10th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference (cancelled due to Covid- 19)
  • Member of the Program Committee for the 2019 National Association of Rehabilitative Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) Conference

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