Andrea J. Pitts is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Their research interests includes philosophy of race and gender, social epistemology, Latin American and U.S. Latina/o philosophy, and philosophy of medicine. Their publications appear in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Radical Philosophy Review, and Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.
In their speech, Andrea focuses on the connections between what contemporary scholars refer to as the prison industrial complex and its relationship to healthcare in the United States. By drawing from the fields of prison studies, bioethics, and social epistemology, Andrea proposes that the severity of structural injustices within U.S. prison healthcare settings provide strong reasons to support dismantling prison systems of punishment. Andrea touched on their own experiences of studying and working within this field, and how they feel the justice system in the U.S. must change.