Professor Purdy is professor of philosophy and Ruth and Albert Koch Professor of Humanities at Wells College, NY. She completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Stanford University in 1974. From 1997-2000 she held the position of Bioethicist, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics where she also acted as Co-Chair of the Women’s Health Research Network. At Wells College, she has been Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and coordinates the minor in Science, Health & Values. She has taught, presented and published extensively in the field of ethics. Her books include: Reproducing Persons and she is co-editor of Feminist Perspectives in Medical Ethics, Embodying Bioethics, and, most recently Bioethics, Justice and Health Care.