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Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams receives Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association Fellowship

Posted on Jul 18, 2012
UW-Superior philosophy professor receives fellowship to complete book about ethics and motherhood.
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Sarah LaChance Adams with daughter, Geneva

Sarah LaChance Adams with daughter, Geneva

Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams has been awarded the Mary E. Woolley Alumnae Fellowship, an annual keystone award given by the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, to assist in completing her book on maternal ambivalence and filicide "The Ethics of Ambivalence: Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers and What a Good Mother Would do."

LaChance Adams is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She teaches courses in philosophy and women's studies.

LaChance Adams graduated  magna cum laude with high honors from Mount Holyoke in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Critical Social Thought. Her thesis was titled, "The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Turning Subjects into Citizens."

In her fellowship-supported project, she poses the question, "What makes the difference between mothers who kill and those who do not?"

LaChance Adams' goal was to "bring a deeper and more productive understanding of the problems of maternal ambivalence and filicide." She writes in her application "...The appropriate response to the problem of maternal filicide is not simply to blame the mother. Part of my goal is to help theorists and practitioners realize that an ethical model that favors individual moral responsibility is counterproductive. The problem of maternal filicide is a social problem that requires a collective solution."

LaChance Adams holds a masters degree in psychology from Seattle University. She earned a second masters degree and a doctorate degree, both in philosophy, from the University of Oregon.

Research grants and fellowships earned while at the University of Oregon include the John L. and Naomi M. Luvaas Fellowship, the Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Fellowship, the Betty Foster McCue Fellowship, the Center for the Study of Women in Society Graduate Student Research Grant, and the Charles A. Reed Fellowship. LaChance Adams received The Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award in 2005 and the Paideia Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

In addition, "Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering," an anthology LaChance Adams co-edited with Caroline Lundquist and published by Fordham University Press, is available for pre-order.

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