Ann Garry

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College of Arts & Letters
Professor Emerita of Philosophy


As of Fall 2011 Professor Garry is no longer teaching, but continues to advise M.A. theses. In Fall 2011 she was Visiting Humphrey Chair of Feminist Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, then in Fall 2013 she was Fulbright Professor at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

Research Interests

My primary research interests concern various topics in Feminist Philosophy. Some of my work has been in feminist approaches to epistemology and philosophical methods, particularly the intersection of feminist philosophy and analytic philosophy. Other papers have been on moral or social topics such as pornography, abortion, feminist analyses of sexuality, etc. More recently I have been writing about intersectional frameworks.

The second edition of my anthology, co-edited with Marilyn Pearsall, was published by Routledge in 1996: Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy.

With Talia Bettcher, I co-edited Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gender Realities (special issue of Hypatia Vol. 24:3 Summer 2009). You can find the table of contents and introduction here.

I am currently working with Serene Khader and Alison Stone to edit The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, a collection of 56 original essays, that is forthcoming from Routledge in 2017.

Details of my publications are on my CV. A few of the essays are linked below (with others to come). More papers can be found on Please use Along with Alison Bailey I co-edit the Feminist Philosophy section of it.

"Who Is Included? Intersectionality, Metaphors, and the Multiplicity of Gender"
This is the long version of the paper that appears in Sharon Crasnow and Anita Superson, eds. Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy. Oxford, 2012. A shorter version (that drops "Who Is Included?" from the title) is in Hypatia 26:4 (2011). If you use the shorter version please use the extended footnotes found as "Supporting Information."

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on "Analytic Feminism"

"Essences, Intersections, and American Feminism"

"Intersections, Social Change and 'Engaged' Theories: Implications of North American Feminism"

"Sex, Lies, and Pornography"

"Medicine and Medicalization: A Response to Purdy"

"A Minimally Decent Philosophical Method? Analytic Philosophy and Feminism"

"Abortion: Models of Responsibility"

"Anti-Racist Solidarity Work: Categories, Guilt, and Shame"

Teaching Interests

In addition to Issues in Feminist Philosophy, I have frequently taught, at the upper-division level or graduate level, Bioethics, Philosophy of Law, Senior Seminar, and graduate seminars on Wittgenstein and various topics in epistemology, especially feminist epistemology, objectivity and rationality, epistemic ignorance and injustice. Among general education courses it's typically been Philosophy, Gender and Culture or Contemporary Moral Issues in a Multicultural Society. I am happy to share syllabi for any of these courses by email.

I was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities on campus. This center offers many interesting programs that you'll find on its website.