Hi, I'm Khaleel. I am a graduate student at the McGill University Department of Philosophy, where I'm pursuing an M.A. in Philosophy specializing in Bioethics. Before starting at McGill, I completed my B.A. in Philosophy at Yale University, where I concentrated in philosophy of ideology and propaganda under Professor Jason Stanley.
My research interests revolve around practical ethical issues related to substance use, harm reduction, and mental health inequality. I also have interests in social epistemology, post-colonial philosophy, critical theory, phenomenology, health policy and legal pluralism.
For my M.A. thesis, I am examining ethical and cultural issues related to emerging psychedelic research and therapies in Western biomedical contexts. My interdisciplinary bioethics project draws on methods and literature from normative and practical ethics, critical race theory, transcultural psychiatry, psychedelic neurophenomenology and psychopharmacology.
I am an organizer and grassroots advocate for drug policy reform, decarceration, and restorative racial justice. I served as president of the Yale chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and have developed research on harm reduction approaches to youth substance use at institutions including SickKids Hospital in Toronto.
I am a first-generation Canadian of East African and South Asian heritage.
You can contact me at khaleel.rajwani[at]mail.mcgill.ca