Superior professor earns award for newly published bookSarah LaChance Adams has been awarded the prestigious Mary E. Woolley Alumnae Fellowship by Mount Holyoke College in recognition of her newly published book on maternal ambivalence and filicide, “The Ethics of Ambivalence: Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers and What a Good Mother Would do.”
Sarah LaChance Adams has been awarded the prestigious Mary E. Woolley Alumnae Fellowship by Mount Holyoke College in recognition of her newly published book on maternal ambivalence and filicide, “The Ethics of Ambivalence: Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers and What a Good Mother Would do.”
LaChance Adams is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She teaches courses in philosophy and women’s studies.
LaChance Adams earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors in 1999 from Mount Holyoke, Hadley, Mass. Her thesis was titled, “The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Turning Subjects into Citizens.”
In her fellowship-supported book project, she poses the question, “What makes the difference between mothers who kill and those who do not?”
Her goal was to “bring a deeper and more productive understanding of the problems of maternal ambivalence and filicide.”
“The appropriate response to the problem of maternal filicide is not simply to blame the mother,” she wrote. “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 master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. She earned a second master’s 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 to writing her own book, LaChance Adams is co-editor of a new book, “Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering,” to be published by Fordham University Press.