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Samantha Noll

Assistant Professor of Bioethics

Office: Johnson Tower 825
Phone: 509-335-1415
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Dr. Samantha Noll is an Assistant Professor in The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) at Washington State University. She is also the bioethicist affiliated with the Functional Genomics Initiative, which applies genome editing in agriculture research, and the Center for Reproductive Biology. Dr. Noll is the co-author or editor of two books, including a Field Guide to Formal Logic (Grand River Learning, 2020) and the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City (Routledge, 2019). She publishes widely on food justice and food sovereignty, local food movements, and the application of biotechnologies in food production. She is also the author or co-author of more than 30 other publications, in journals ranging from the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics to Environmental Ethics and Pragmatism Today. She is currently working with scholars from several disciplines on various projects that engage with ethical considerations at the intersection of philosophy of food, environmental ethics, and emerging technologies.

• Ph.D. Philosophy, Michigan State University, 2016

Interdisciplinary Specializations:

1) Animal Studies
2) Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change

• B.A. Philosophy, West Chester University, 2008

• Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
• Philosophy in Food
• Environmental Ethics
• Animal Ethics

• LIFT Fellowship, WSU, 2018
• NEH Summer Institute, “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability” Participant, 2016
• The Vonne Lund Junior Researcher Prize, EURSAFE, 2013

Selected Publications:
Journal Articles:
Piso, Z., Werkheiser, I., Noll, S., and C. Leshko. “Sustainability of What? Recognizing the Diverse Values that Sustainable Agriculture Works to Sustain,” Environmental Values, 2016.

Noll, S. “History Lessons: What Urban Environmental Ethics Can Learn from Nineteenth Century Cities,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Volume 28(1): 143-159, 2015.

Noll, S. “Liberalism and the Two Directions of the Local Food Movement,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 27(2): 211-224, 2014.

Noll, S. “Broiler Chickens and a Critique of the Epistemic Foundations of Selective Breeding and Genetic Modification,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Volume 26(1), 2013: 273-280, 2013.

Noll, S. “Notes from the Underground: Observations of a First-Year Philosophy Graduate Student,” APA Feminism and Philosophy. Newsletter 11(2): 19-28, 2012.

Book Chapters:
Noll, S. “Food Sovereignty in the City: Challenging Historical Barriers to Food Justice” In Zach Piso and Ian Werkheiser (Eds), Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together. New York: Springer Publishing, 2017.

Noll, S. and I. Werkheiser. “Local Food Movements: Differing Conceptions of Food, People, and Change.” In Ann Barnhill, Tyler Doggett, and Mark Budolfson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Noll, S. “Agricultural Sciences and Values.” In David Kaplan and Paul Thompson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agriculture Ethics. New York: Springer Publishing, Forthcoming.

Murdock, E., and S. Noll. “Beyond Access: Integrating Food Security and Food Sovereignty Models for Justice.” In Helena Rocklinsberg and Per Sandin (Eds.), Know Your Food: Food Ethics and Innovation. Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Thompson, P., and S. Noll. “Agriculture Ethics.” In J. Britt. Holbrook and Carl Mitcham (Eds.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: An International Resource, 2nd Edition (p.35-42). Independence: Cengage Press.

Noll, S. “Agricultural Science.” In Mark Largent and Georgina Montgomery (Eds.), A Companion to the History of American Science. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Thompson P.B., and S. Noll. “Agricultural Ethics and Social Justice.” In N. Van Alfen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol.1 (p.81-92). San Diego: Elsevier.

Beck, D., Ivanovic, M., Noll, S., and I. Werkheiser. “The Ethics of Consuming: Community, Agency, and Participation in Global Food Systems.” In Helena Rocklinsberg and Per Sandin
(Eds.), The Ethics of Consumption: The Citizen, The Market, and The Law (p.437-451)Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.