Rachel Fedock returned to Barrett, The Honors College, her alma mater, in 2015 after earning her doctorate and master's in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before returning to Barrett, Professor Fedock taught at the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, as well as the State University of New York, Potsdam. She has previously taught introductory through advanced-level courses in philosophy, including logic, ethics, bioethics, feminist ethics, and the intersections between feminism and environmental ethics.
Her dissertation, “The Theoretical and Psychological Foundations of Care in Environmental Ethics,” investigates the phenomenon of care, specifically three neglected dimensions of care within care ethics: the emotions of care, care as a virtue, and the caring person, respectively, while constructing possible conceptions of in what each dimension consists. She utilizes her refinements to care ethics in an attempt to resolve environmental dilemmas, arguing that a care-based ethic provides better solutions to environmental issues than non-care based ethics.
Currently, Professor Fedock is working on a number of projects. She is co-editing and contributing to Love, Justice, and Autonomy: Philosophical Perspectives, under contract with Routledge. Her contribution dismantles the purported dichotomy between love and justice. Professor Fedock also initiated the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course at Barrett in the spring of 2019, Men and Feminism. The course will be offered again in the spring of 2020 and every subsequent semester thereafter.