Amy Reed-Sandoval

Associate 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 associate 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

The Nevada Independent
The invitation says no children, and where my children aren’t welcome, I’m not either.
Nevada Current
Destinee G.’s period was late in February 2021. It wasn’t that abnormal. Until that year her menstrual cycle was irregular. But by the next month, she was taking two at-home pregnancy tests every two weeks. They were always negative. Friends, and the internet, told her testing negative early on in a pregnancy was normal. A blood test would be more accurate.
Las Vegas Sun
The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to abortion.
Guest: Amy Reed-Sandoval from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Articles Featuring Amy Reed-Sandoval

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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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.