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About Vicki L. Toscano

Vicki Toscano, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of philosophy and legal studies in the Department of Humanities and Politics at NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS). She held the Hourani Scholarship for Ethics and the Gilbert D. Moore Fellowship at the University of Buffalo. She then held the Dorothea S. ClarkeGender, Sexuality, and Family Fellowship at Cornell University. Prior to working at NSU, Dr. Toscano taught at University of Miami Law School and held a visiting scholar position at Keele University in England. 

Dr. Toscano's current research projects examine reproductive rights law in the U.S. through the lens of constitutional jurisprudence and bioethical ideals. She has published on this topic in leading legal journals in the U.S. and England and in a feminist bioethics journal as well as delivered several academic conference papers on this theme in recent years. She has also been invited to give talks to the community on a variety of related topics including the morality and legality of abortion, the death penalty, physician assisted suicide and medical marijuana.

Her primary passion, however, is working closely with undergraduate students to develop their critical thinking skills through writing and close analysis of philosophical/legal arguments. Dr. Toscano seeks to help students become better and more careful thinkers, not only to enable them to perform more successfully in their future endeavors but also to encourage them to define their own conception of personal fulfillment.


Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Humanities and Politics
2003 - 2005 Visiting Professor, University of Miami Law School
1998 - 1999 Adjunct, Canisius College
1996 - 1998 Adjunct, University of Buffalo

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 Peer Reviewer, Class, Race, and Corporate Power Journal
2013 - 2015 Textbook Reviewer, Bioethics, Routledge
2001 - 2014 Faculty advisor/sponsor, Undergraduate Student Symposium, Nova Southeastern University
2014 Mentor, Independent Study, Nova Southeastern University
1995 - 1996 Member, Ethics Committee, Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Member, American Philosophical Association
Member, Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST)
Member, Law and Society Association
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Honors and Awards

  • (2005) Gender, Sexuality, and Law Visiting Fellowship, Keele University, UK
  • (2001-2003) Gender, Sexuality, & Family Fellowship, Cornell University
  • (1996-2000) Gilbert D. Moore Fellowship, SUNY at Buffalo
  • (1994-1997) Hourani Scholarship for Ethics, SUNY at Buffalo


2002 Ph.D., Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo
1999 JD, SUNY at Buffalo
1994 BA, Muhlenberg College
Dorothea S. Clarke Fellow, Cornell University ‐ Cornell Law School

Contact Information

(954) 262-8010


Publications (11)

Presentations (39)