Associate Professor of Philosophy

Interests: moral and political philosophy, especially the history of moral and political philosophy, feminist philosophy

Susanne Sreedhar received her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a graduate degree in Women’s Studies from Duke University. Before coming to Boston University, she was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Tulane University of New Orleans. She is the author of Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan, which came out with Cambridge University Press in 2010, and a number of articles and book chapters. Professor Sreedhar’s current research is on notions of gender in early modern social contract theory. She teaches courses on ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of gender and sexuality. She is also core faculty in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Program, and co-directing The Mentoring Project For Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy.

Select Publications:


A New Modern Philosophy: The Inclusive Anthology of Primary Sources. (With Eugene Marshall) New York: Routledge, 2019.

Reviewed in:
Teaching Philosophy (2019): 421-425.

Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan. Cambridge University Press, 2010. [Paperback released Fall 2013]

Reviewed in:
Journal of the History of Philosophy 51/3 (2013): 126-7.
Mind 121/484 (2012): 1128-1130.
The Review of Politics 74/1 (2012): 139-42.
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 74/2 (2012): 349-51.
Perspectives on Politics 9/1 (2011): 174-6.
Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 3/1 (2011): 172-4.
Notre Dame Philosophical Review (2011).


Articles and Book Chapters

“Locke on Marriage.” In The Lockean Mind. Edited by Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2021.

“Hobbes on Sexual Morality.” Hobbes Studies 33/1 (March 2020).

“The Right of Nature and Political Disobedience: Hobbes’s Puzzling Thought Experiment.” In Hobbes’s On the Citizen: A Critical Guide. Edited by Robin Douglass and Johan Olsthoorn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020: Pages 71-88.

“The Curious Case of Hobbes’s Amazons.” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 57/4 (October 2019): 621-646.

“Interpreting Hobbes on Civil Liberties and Rights of Resistance.” Interpreting Hobbes’s Political Philosophy. Edited by S. A. Lloyd. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019: Pages 141-155.

“A Hobbesian Approach to Public Policy.” In Hobbesian Applied Ethics and Public Policy. Edited by Shane D. Courtland. New York: Routledge, 2018. Pages 21-37.

“Political Philosophy.” In The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth-Century Philosophy. Edited by Dan Kaufman. New York: Routledge, 2018: Pages 476-502.

“Feminist History of Philosophy.” In Feminism. Edited by Carol Hay. Cengage Publishers, 2017.

“Rethinking Hobbes and Locke on Religious Toleration.” In Philosophy, Religion and Political Theology. Edited by Allen Speight and Michael Zank. Dordrecht: Springer Press, 2017.

“Locke, the Law of Nature, and Polygamy.” (With Julie Walsh). Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2/1 (Spring 2016): 91-110.

“Political Philosophy.” In The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy, edited by Dan Kaufman, forthcoming.

“Pufendorf on Patriarchy.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 31/3 (July 2014): 209-227.

“Constitutions and Social Contracts.” “Constitutions and Social Contracts.” In The Routledge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Edited by Aaron Garrett. New York: Routledge, 2014, 618-42.

“Political Philosophy and Law.” In The Bloomsbury Companion to Hobbes. Edited by S.A. Lloyd, New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Pages 145-241. [Author of 19 out of the 28 entries for this chapter.].

“Toward a Hobbesian Theory of Sexuality.” In Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes. Edited by Nancy Hirschmann and Joanne Wright. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012. Pages 260-79.

“Complicating ‘Out’: The Case of Queer Femmes.” (With Alice MacLachlan). In Passing/Out: Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed, edited by Dennis R. Cooley and Kelby Harrison. Surry, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2012: 51-60.

“Hobbes on ‘The Woman Question’.” Philosophy Compass 7/11 (November 2012): 772-781.

“In Harm’s Way: Hobbes on the Duty to Fight for One’s Country.” In Hobbes Today: Insights for the 21st Century, edited by Sharon Lloyd. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 209-28.

“Anarchism, Historical Illegitimacy and Civil Disobedience: Reflections on A. John Simmons’ ‘Disobedience and its Objects’.” The Boston University Law Review 90/4 (August 2010): 1833-1846.

“State Legitimacy And Political Obligation in Justice For Hedgehogs: The Radical Potential Of Dworkinian Dignity.” (With Candice Delmas) The Boston University Law Review 90/2 (April 2010): 737-758.

“Defending the Hobbesian Right of Self-Defense.” Political Theory 36/6 (December 2008): 781-802.

“Hobbes’s Moral and Political Philosophy.” (With Sharon Lloyd) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (August 2008).

“The Ethics of Exclusion: Gender and Politics at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.” (With Michael Hand) In Trans/Forming Feminisms, edited by Krista Scott-Dixon. Toronto: Sumach Press (2006): 161-169.

Book Reviews

Review of David Dyzenhaus and Thomas Poole (eds) Hobbes and the Law. Ethics 124/4 (2014): 894-99.

Review of Michael P. Krom’s The Limits of Reason in Hobbes’s Commonwealth. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20/6 (2012): 1209-12.

Review of Bernard Gert’s Hobbes: Prince of Peace. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (May 2011).

Review of Eleanor Curran’s Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Sovereign, Hobbes Studies 21/1 (2008): 99-103.

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes’s Leviathan, edited by Patricia Springborg. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (May 2008).

Review of Stephen J. Finn’s Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Natural Philosophy. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (October 2006).