Amy Reed-Sandoval

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Expertise: Political philosophy, Latin American and Latinx philosophies, Bioethics, Feminist philosophy, Philosophy for children, Migration philosophy


Amy Reed-Sandoval is an assistant professor of philosophy and participating faculty in UNLV's Latinx and Latin American Studies program. Her areas of expertise include political philosophy, with a special interest in issues of migration; Latin American and Latinx philosophies; bioethics; and feminist philosophy.

Reed-Sandoval's most recent research explores how crossing U.S. state and national borders for pregnancy-related medical care (including prenatal care, labor and delivery, and abortion care) impacts pregnant people’s self-trust and autonomy. She also studies what these medical encounters and related experiences can teach us about gender and global justice.

She is the founding director of the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, she launched its offshoot — Philosophy for Children Without Borders, a free online philosophy course for Spanish-speaking children and youth.

Reed-Sandoval is the author of Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020).


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Washington
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Washington
  • M.Sc., Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A., Philosophy, Temple University

Amy Reed-Sandoval In The News

September 10, 2021
The most recent Texas abortion ban drives home the fact that abortion is a migration issue.
August 3, 2021
Might an education for children featuring philosophy be one of the keys to developing a more civil society? Prof. Amy Reed-Sandoval (UNLV) discusses how wonder is integral to philosophy and how this complements a child’s natural inclination to know more about the world and others.
April 21, 2021
Prior to Amy Reed-Sandoval's departure for Oaxaca, she spent months studying pre-college philosophical pedagogy, which heralds children’s status as ‘natural’ philosophers with questions that really matter.
March 11, 2021
In 1988, a young Baptist minister in Buffalo named Daren Drzymala launched Project House Call, a series of protests in which he and fellow anti-abortion activists picketed the homes of local abortion providers. One of their first demonstrations occurred that September, on Yom Kippur, outside the home of a Jewish ob-gyn named Barnett Slepian. A few months later, on the third night of Hanukkah, they targeted Slepian again, and also another Jewish abortion provider, Shalom Press. The protesters prayed and sang Christmas carols outside their targets’ windows.

Articles Featuring Amy Reed-Sandoval

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.