Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Ann E. Cudd is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University since August 1, 2015, when she became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to coming to CAS, Cudd was University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kansas (KU), where she taught from 1988-1991 and 1993-2015. In 1991-93 she taught at Occidental College.
Cudd’s philosophical interests include social and political philosophy, philosophy of economics, philosophy of social science, decision theory, and feminist theory. Her research has long focused on themes of oppression, economic inequality, and gender. Books include: Analyzing Oppression (Oxford University Press, 2006), Capitalism, For and Against: A philosophical debate, co-authored with Nancy Holmstrom, (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and four edited volumes on themes ranging from backlash to feminism to contemporary democracy. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters. Recent work concerns contractarian political philosophy, conceptions of domestic violence in international law, and the injustice of educational inequality.
Cudd has taught a wide variety of courses in philosophy and gender studies, and she has supervised 11 doctoral students to completion. In 2001 she was awarded the William T. Kemper Teaching Fellowship, KU’s highest teaching award, and in 2005 the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award.
Cudd received her BA in Mathematics and Philosophy at Swarthmore College in 1982. She then earned her MA in Philosophy in 1984, MA in Economics in 1986, and PhD in Philosophy in 1988, all from the University of Pittsburgh.