I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Fordham University. My research interests include autonomy, trust, and consent, the ethics of digital technology and neurotechnology, Buddhist and Japanese philosophy, and the ethicist's role in medicine, science, and technology. In recent years, I've taught courses on culture & bioethics, neuroethics, and healthcare justice.
I am currently a member of the International Neuroethics Society Board of Directors, Associate Editor of the journal Neuroethics, and the category leader for philosophy/history for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
From 2018-2020, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the College of Charleston and the Director of Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina.
From 2017-2018 I was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School's Center for Bioethics. From 2015-2017 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Neurotechnology, University of Washington and at the National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia.
I completed my dissertation as a visiting scholar at Kyoto University's Kokoro Research Center from 2013-2015, funded by a scholarship from the Crown Prince Akihito Foundation. I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Hawai'i.
My interest in cross-cultural ethics and neuroscience began at Williams College, where I received a grant to study the ethics of brain death and organ transplantation in Tokyo. This led me to teach English in Niigata, Japan from 2008-2009 with the JET Programme.
In my non-academic life, I raced half-ironman distance triathlons in the professional category in 2019. In 2020, I spent a lot of time in the woods training for ultramarathons. I recently returned to the road for the NYC Marathon in 2021.
I can be reached at lspeckersullivan (at) fordham.edu.