Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Jennifer Parks, PhD

Title/s:  Professor;
Bioethics Minor Director

Office #:  Crown Center 347

Phone: 773.508.2308


CV Link: Jennifer Parks CV


Jennifer Parks is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Undergraduate Bioethics Minor Program at Loyola University. Her areas of specialization include health care ethics (with a special interest in reproductive technologies), feminist theory (with a focus on care ethics), and social philosophy. She is currently working on ethical issues relating to elder care and technology, and global issues in reproductive technologies.

She has written four books, No Place Like Home? Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care (2003), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Ethics (co-authored with David Ingram, 2nd edition 2010), Bioethics in a Changing World (co-authored with Victoria Wike, 2009), and Ethics, Aging, and Society: The Critical Turn (co-authored with Martha Holstein and Mark Waymack, 2011). She has also published a variety of articles which have been printed in such journals as The Hastings Center Report, Bioethics, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, The International Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Humanities.

Dr. Parks teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in health care ethics, feminist theory, disability theory, reproductive ethics, and aging and ethics. She is faculty advisor and coach for Loyola's undergraduate Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl teams.


PhD, McMaster University
MA, Queens University, Ontario 
BA, Queens University, Ontario 

Research Interests

Feminist Moral Theory, Women's Reproductive Health, Health Care Ethics, Aging and Long-Term Care 

Selected Publications


Ethics, Aging, and Society: The Critical Turn, Martha Holstein, Jennifer Parks, and Mark Waymack, Springer Publishing Company, 2010. 

No Place Like Home? Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2003.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Ethics (co-authored with David Ingram), MacMillan Press, February 28, 2002. Polish translation: Etyka dla Zoltodziobow, translated by Robert Bartold, Wrzesien: Rebis, 2003. Latvian translation: Celvedis etika, Riga: Dienas Gramata, 2011. Second and substantially revised edition in 2010. 


"So Not Mothers: Responsibility for Surrogate Orphans," (co-authored with Timothy F. Murphy). Journal of Medical Ethics. Published Online First: 12 April 2018. 

"Home-based Care, Technology, and the Maintenance of Selves," HEC Forum, 27(2), 2015: 127-141.

"Feminist Issues in Domestic and Transnational Surrogacy: The Case of Japan," International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 7(2), 2014: pp. 121-143.

"Care Ethics and the Global Practice of Commercial Surrogacy,” Bioethics, 24(7) 2010: 333–340.

"Lifting the Burden of Women’s Care Work: Should Robots Replace the ‘Human Touch’?” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 25(1), winter 2010.