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.
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 issues related to emerging psychedelic research and therapies in Western medical contexts. My interdisciplinary bioethics project draws on methods and literature from normative and practical ethics, critical race theory, psychedelic phenomenology, transcultural psychiatry 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