Alison Jaggar



Professor Jaggar pioneered the introduction of feminist concerns into philosophy. In 1971, she taught what she thinks was the first-ever course in feminist philosophy. She co-founded SWIP and Hypatia and chaired the APA Committee on the Status of Women. In 1995, Jaggar was SWIP’s Distinguished Woman Philosopher and in 2011 she won the Gee Memorial Lectureship for advancing women, interdisciplinary scholarship and distinguished teaching. Jaggar was also a founder of the discipline of feminist studies and published several texts that helped define the field. 

Jaggar has taught at Miami University of Ohio, the University of Cincinnati (where she was Wilson Professor of Ethics), UCLA, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rutgers University (where she held the New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of Oslo, Norway, where she is currently Professor Two and Research Co-ordinator at the Center for the Study of Mind in Nature. 

Jaggar has been awarded research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), the Rockefeller Foundation, the AAUW, the University of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Research Council (shared) and the Australian Research Council (shared).

Research interests

Jaggar currently studies gender and globalization. She works on three levels, normative, methodological, and epistemological: 

  • Normatively, Jaggar has published many articles exploring how global institutions and policies interact with local practices to create gendered cycles of vulnerability and exploitation. She is interested what these interactions might mean for responsibility and policy.
  • At the methodological level, Jaggar participated in a multi-disciplinary research project which aimed to develop a new poverty measure capable of revealing the gendered dimensions of global poverty. The measure is methodologically innovative because it incorporates the perspectives of poor people.
  • At the epistemological level, Jaggar is working with Dr. Theresa Tobin, Marquette University, to figure out how moral claims may be justified in real-world circumstances of diversity and inequality. Jaggar & Tobin’s work proposes a new mission and a new method for moral epistemology. 

Overall, Jaggar seeks to reframe traditional philosophical debates about justice and justification in terms that are responsive to gender, globalization, and post-colonialism.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Jaggar will co-supervise PhD students working on political philosophy, moral epistemology and feminism together with the staff from Birmingham.