Takunda Matose

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Before coming to Loyola, I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Vanderbilt University under the direction of Dr. Robert B. Talisse. I also had an appointment as the Edmond J. Safra/Center for Bioethics Joint Fellow-in-Residence at Harvard University for the 2021/2022 academic year. 

My research interests lie primarily at the intersection of bioethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of race. In my dissertation, I defend a relational egalitarian approach to justice in health care and argue that such accounts must take social groups as legitimate units of moral concern. Recently, my research has focused on racialization and different aspects of health care. 

Prior to getting my PhD in philosophy, I worked on the ethical, legal, regulatory, and social implications of large-scale bio-banking and genetic sequencing for Leidos Biomedical Sciences and was contracted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. My contributions included participating in the Genotype Tissue Expression Project and the Biospecimen Pre-analytic Variables Program.

I also previously served as a co-facilitator of the Reciprocal Education and Community Healing (REACH) Coalition, a philosophy group that meets on Tennessee's death row. My involvement with this group has motivated my research on carceral justice.  

When I'm not doing philosophy or bioethics, I enjoy singing and playing guitar. I also enjoy hiking with my two English pointer mixes, Lozi and Loma.