Kirstin Borgerson

Associate Professor; Cross-Appointed with Gender and Women's Studies; Cross-Appointed with the Department of Bioethics

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  • On Sabbatical in 2023/2024

Office Hours

Please contact at

Room 1127, Marion McCain Building

Phone: 902-494-3338
Mailing Address: 
Room 1127, Marion McCain Building
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Epistemology


  • PhD (2008) University of Toronto
  • MA (2001) University of Toronto
  • BA  (2000) University of Saskatchewan

Selected Publications

  • Borgerson, K. “Seizing the Opportunity to Improve Ethical Oversight of Clinical Research” The American Journal of Bioethics 23:8 (2023), 63-65, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2023.2217120
  • Borgerson, K. “Feminist Empiricism.” Chapter 6 in the Routledge Handbook on Feminist Philosophy of Science. Intemann, K. and Crasnow, S., Eds (2020): 79-88.
  • Borgerson, K. “What is Human Subjects Research?” Chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Research Ethics. MacKay, D. and Iltis, A., Eds (2020). DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190947750.013.5
  • Bluhm R., Borgerson K. "An Epistemic Argument for Research-Practice Integration in Medicine." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine 43.4(2018)468-484
  • Borgerson, K. “An Argument for Fewer Clinical Trials.” Hastings Center Report 46 (2016): 1-11. DOI: 10.10002/hast.637
  •  Borgerson, K. "Redundant, Secretive, and Isolated: When Are Clinical Trials Scientifically Valid?" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 4 (2014):385-411
  • Borgerson, K., "Are Explanatory Trials Ethical? Shifting the Burden of Justification in Clinical Trial Design." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 34 4 (2013):293-308