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Vida Panitch

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Office:3A55 Paterson Hall

Office Hours for Fall 2019:

Mondays, 5:00 – 6:00, or email for appointment.

Courses for 2019-20:

  • PHIL 2020:  Issues in Practical Philosophy
  • PHIL 2408: Bioethics
  • PHIL 3340: Topics in Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy


Vida Panitch is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Acting Director of the Doctoral Program in Ethics and Public Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2008. Her research addresses the moral boundaries of markets – specifically markets in public goods, including health care and education, and physical goods, including body parts and intimate services –  and the extent to which theories of exploitation, commodification, and inequality can help us determine their permissible regulation. She has published in a number of academic journals on a variety of topics ranging from global surrogacy, to medical research, to assisted reproduction, to kidney sales. Her book, Exploitation: from Theory to Practice, co-edited with Monique Deveaux, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017.

Research Interests:

  • Social and politcal philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Distributive  justice
  • Feminist philosophy


Exploitation: From Practice to Theory, eds Monique Deveaux and Vida Panitch (Rowman&Littlefield, February 2017)

Select Publications:

Panitch, Vida, “Basic Income and Intimate Labor,” The Future of Work, Technology,  and Basic Income, eds. Michael Cholbi and Michael Weber (forthcoming: Routledge, 2019).

Panitch, Vida, and L. Chad Horne, “Commodification, Inequality, and Kidney Markets,” Social Theory and Practice 44(1) 2018: 121-143.

Panitch, Vida, “Exploitation and Intimate Labour, in Exploitation: From Practice to Theory, Monique Deveaux and Vida Panitch eds. (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017): 119-137.

Panitch, Vida, and L. Chad Horne, “Vulnerability, Health Care, and Need,”  in Vulnerability, Autonomy, and Applied Ethics, Christine Straehle ed. (London: Routledge, 2017): 101-120.

Panitch, Vida and Straehle, Christine, “Symposium on Reproductive Markets”, Journal of Applied Philosophy, guest eds. Vol 33, no 2 (May 2016)

Panitch, Vida, “Assisted Reproduction and Distributive Justice,” Bioethics 28(3) doi: 10.1111/bioe.12067

Panitch, Vida, “Global Surrogacy: Exploitation to Empowerment,” Journal of Global Ethics 9(3), November 2013: 329-343

Panitch, Vida, “Exploitation, Justice, and Parity in International Clinical Research,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 30(4), November 2013: 304-318 

Panitch Vida, “Surrogate Tourism and Reproductive Rights,” Hypatia 28(2), April 2013

Panitch, Vida, and Heath, Joseph, “Why Cash Violates Neutrality,” Basic Income Studies v.5 n.1 (April 2010)

Panitch, Vida, “Basic Income, Decommodification, and the Welfare State,”  Philosophy and Social Criticism vol 37 no 8 (Oct 2011)

Panitch, Vida, “Exploitation and Developing Countries: Ethics of Clinical Research” eds. Jennifer Hawkins and Ezekiel Emanuel, Philosophy in Review, v.29 n.5 (2009)


“Time to Decriminalize Payment for Sperm, Ova and Surrgogacy,” Ottawa Citizen May 11, 2018

CBC Radio’s The Edition w. Michael Enright, panelist on Blood Plasma Payment debate, aired Sunday February 25

Open Letter: “Ethicists and Economists express concerns about banning compensation for plasma donors” Jan. 16, 2018

Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom, interviewee, CBC Documentary Channel, premiered Feb. 28.

“Provincial Funding of IVF Should Be Restricted on Basis of Income,” Impact Ethics Blog, Nov. 14, 2014