Sharon M. Meagher PhD
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Although not teaching as often as I used to, I regularly offer a service learning
travel course on Women and Development in Latin America in which students study and
work with member of indigenous women's economic cooperatives in rural Mexico. I am
also interested in teaching freshman seminar and the values seminar. I have guest
taught in a variety of classes in women's studies, the social sciences, and humanities.
I am committed to teaching methodologies influenced by feminism and by Brazilian philosopher Paolo Freire that emphasize engaged, mutual learning between instructor and students. Whenever possible, I like to use the city as my classroom.
PhD Philosophy 1991
Stony Brook University--SUNY (NY)
GWS 288S/SOC 288S/ANTHRO 288S Women & Development in Latin America
My research focuses on interdisciplinary connections in three areas: 1) philosophy
and the city; 2) contemporary social and political philosophy, with particular emphases
on feminist theory and women and development; 3) universities and public engagement.
What integrates these studies is a focus on ethics, public policy and social justice
and a commitment to engaged scholarship. While my work is grounded strongly in the
history of philosophy, my research and courses tend to focus on contemporary social
As an advocate for the public relevance of philosophy, I served on the board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and was a founding member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy. I am the co-founder and co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network.
I published a book on feminist analyses of public policy ("Women and Children First," Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2005). My anthology that collects the history of Western philosophical writings on the city was published in January 2008; it is entitled Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings (Albany: SUNY Press). I am currently completing a monograph that entails her philosophical analysis of the relationship between Western philosophy and the city that will be entitled "Philosophical Streetwalking: Grounding Philosophy and the City," and I am editing a Handbook on Philosophy of the City, forthcoming from Routledge in 2016. I also serve as an associate editor of the Routledge journal CITY, and I have published book chapters and articles on sustainability, feminist pedagogy, and public scholarship in addition to traditional philosophical scholarship.
Fulbright Specialist, Rostered 2012–2017.
Advancing the Civic Disciplines, Contracted Project, The Kettering Foundation, $10,000.
Public Philosophy Network, American Philosophical Association, $3,000 December 2011, (with Noelle McAfee)
Meagher, Sharon M. Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. Print.
Meagher, Sharon M., and Patrice Diquinzio, eds. Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. Print.
Meagher, Sharon M. “Building a Pedagogical Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Infusing Sustainability into Humanities and Social Sciences Courses.” Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Eds. Wendy Petersen Boring and William Forbes. SFA Press/Texas A&M Press, 2013. Print.
Public Philosophy Network (PPN), American Association of Geographers (AAG), American Philosophical Association (APA)