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Jessica Dillard-Wright

Assistant Professor, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing

Research Interests 

My research interests broadly reside in the intersection between nursing, philosophy, history, and activism informed by science and technology studies.

Academic Background

  • Fellow, University of California Irvine Center for Nursing Philosophy 2021-2022
  • Posthumanism and New Materialism Intensive Summer Institute, University of Utrecht Summer 2021
  • PhD in Nursing, with distinction, Augusta University 2020
  • MSN in Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, Frontier Nursing University 2015
  • MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader, Medical College of Georgia 2009
  • MA in Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College 2006
  • BS in Science, Technology and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology 2004

Current Research

My current research efforts examine the intersection between nursing - a form of healthcare delivery - and philosophy. I am preparing for a large-scale philosophical study on ethics as a practice in nursing using a framework of critical posthumanism. This relates to the CPHM because, in the provision of healthcare, nurses are frequently engaged with personalized health monitoring in technologically-mediated ways from before admission to after discharge and even in primary care settings.

Hopkins‐Walsh, J., Dillard‐Wright, J., & Brown, B. B. (2022). Nursing for the Chthulucene: Abolition, affirmation, antifascism. Nursing Philosophy, e12405
Hopkins Walsh, J., Dillard-Wright, J., Brown, B. B., Smith, J., & Willis, E. (2022). Critical Posthuman Nursing Care: Bodies Reborn and the Ethical Imperative for Composting. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 4(1), 16–35.
Dillard‐Wright, J. (2022). A radical imagination for nursing: Generative insurrection, creative resistance. Nursing Philosophy, 23(1), e12371.
Brown, B., Dillard-Wright, J., Hopkins-Walsh, J., Littzen, C. O., & Vo, T. (2021). Patterns of Knowing and Being in the COVIDicene: An Epistemological and Ontological Reckoning for Posthumans. ANS. Advances in Nursing Science.
Dillard-Wright, J. & Shields-Haas, V. (2021). Nursing with the People: Reimagining Futures for Nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 44(3), 195-209.
Dillard-Wright, J., Walsh, J. H., & Brown, B. B. (2020). We have never been Nurses: Nursing in the Anthropocene, Undoing the Capitalocene. Advances in Nursing Science, 43(2), 132-146.
Walsh, J. H. & Dillard-Wright, J. S. (2020). The case for “structural missingness:” A critical discourse of missed care. Nursing Philosophy, 21(1)
Dillard-Wright, J. S. (2019). Electronic Health Record as a Panopticon: A Disciplinary Apparatus in Nursing Practice. Nursing Philosophy, 20(2).
Contact Info

Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
130 Skinner Hall
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(706) 284-3715