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Mercer Gary, PhD

Mercer Gary, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister


  • Dual-title PhD, Philosophy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Penn State University, 2022
  • MA, Philosophy, Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University, 2017
  • BA, Government and Latin American Studies, Smith College, 2015

Research Interests:

  • Feminist bioethics
  • Care ethics
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Philosophy of technology


Dr. Gary specializes in feminist ethics and bioethics, with a focus on care work and technology. Before coming to Drexel, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Hastings Center, where she is now a Presidential Fellow and continues to collaborate on projects at the intersection of care ethics and emerging technologies. She is co-editor of the scholarly blog of IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and is a guest series editor for a forthcoming set of publications on health and incarceration in The Hastings Center Report. Her research has appeared in Philosophy Compass, Bioethics, The Hastings Center Report, and IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and she is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Limits of Care: Making Feminist Sense of Technology Relations. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Dr. Gary enjoys teaching philosophy to medical students and currently incarcerated students.

Selected Publications:

  • Gary, Mercer. 2023. “Relational Approaches in Bioethics: A Guide to the Difference,” Bioethics (forthcoming).
  • Gary, Mercer. 2022. “From Care Ethics to Pluralist Care Theory: The State of the Field,” Philosophy Compass 17, no. 4.
  • Gary, Mercer with Sarah Walser (first author) and Mark Stephens. 2022. “A Qualitative Study Exploring Self-Directed Learning in a Medical Humanities Curriculum,” Research & Humanities in Medical Education 9, 40-47.
  • Gary, Mercer. 2021. “Care Robots, Crises of Capitalism, and the Limits of Human Caring,” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 14, no.1, 19-48.
  • Gary, Mercer with Nancy Berlinger. 2020. “Interdependent Citizens: The Ethics of Care in Pandemic Recovery,” The Hastings Center Report 50, no. 3, 56-58.