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

Las Vegas Sun
December 13, 2021
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.
October 21, 2021
Guest: Amy Reed-Sandoval from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
September 10, 2021
The most recent Texas abortion ban drives home the fact that abortion is a migration issue.
Living Philosophy
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.

Articles Featuring Amy Reed-Sandoval

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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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.