Sally Haslanger

NOTE: This CV focuses on work from 2000-present.  Find a complete CV (pdf) here.


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1985 (Philosophy).

M.A. University of Virginia, 1980 (Philosophy).

B.A. Reed College, 1977 (Philosophy and Religion).

Dissertation: “Change, Persistence, and Explanation”

Committee: George Myro, Alan Code, A. A. Long (Classics)

Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Feminist Theory.

Areas of Competence: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Social and Political Philosophy.


Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, MIT, 2009-

Professor of Philosophy:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004-

Associate Professor of Philosophy:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998-2004

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies:

University of Michigan, 1992-8

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, 1997-8

Assistant Professor of Philosophy:

University of Pennsylvania, 1989-92

Princeton University, 1986-1989

University of California, Irvine, 1985-6



Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Persistence: Contemporary Readings (co-edited with Roxanne Marie Kurtz), MIT Press, 2006.

Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays (co-edited with Charlotte Witt), Cornell University Press, 2005.

Theorizing Feminisms (co-edited with Elizabeth Hackett), Oxford University Press, 2005.

Articles/Book Chapters:

“Studying While Black: Trust, Disrespect and Opportunity.” DuBois Review (in press).

“Language and Race.” (with Luvell Anderson and Rae Langton.) In Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, ed., Gillian Russell and Delia Graff Fara.  New York: Routledge.  December 2011.

“Ideology, Generics and Common Ground.” In Feminist Metaphysics: Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender and the Self, ed., Charlotte Witt. (Springer, 2011).

“Language, Politics and ‘The Folk”: Looking for the Meaning of ‘Race’.”  The Monist (April 2010).

“Family, Ancestry and Self: What is the Moral Significance of Biological Ties.” Adoption and Culture 2 (2010).

“Exploring Race in Life, in Speech, and in Philosophy: Comments on Joshua Glasgow’s A Theory of Race.Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy 5:2 (Fall 2009).

“Changing the Culture and Ideology of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone).”  Hypatia 23:2 (April-June 2008): 210-223.

Selected to be part of the 25th Anniversary Retrospective Virtual Issue: an online collection of 16 of the most  influential and innovative Hypatia articles published since Hypatia was established as an autonomous journal in the mid-1980s.

“A Social Constructionist Analysis of Race,” in Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, ed., Barbara Koenig, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Sarah Richardson (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press), 2008.

““But Mom, crop-tops are cute!” Social Knowledge, Social Structure and Ideology Critique,” Philosophical Issues, 17:1 (Sept 2007): 70-91.

Selected as one of the 10 best articles to appear in 2007 by the Philosopher's Annual.  Reprinted in Philosopher's Annual IXXX (2007).

“What Good Are Our Intuitions: Philosophical Analysis and Social Kinds,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, vol. 80, no. 1 (2006): 89-118.

“What Are We Talking About?  The Semantics and Politics of Social Kinds,” Hypatia 20:4 (Fall 2005): 10-26.

“Social Construction: Who? What? Where? How?” In Theorizing Feminisms, ed., E. Hackett and S. Haslanger (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2005.

“You Mixed? Racial Identity without Racial Biology,” In Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays, ed., S. Haslanger and C. Witt. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), January 2005.

“Future Genders? Future Races?” Philosophic Exchange 34 (2003-4): 4-27.

Reprinted in, Moral Issues in Global Perspective, 2nd edition, ed., Christine Koggel.  (Broadview Press, 2005).

“Racial Geographies,” in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader, ed., Naomi Cahn and Joan Hollinger. (New York: New York University Press, 2004): 208-211.

“Oppressions: Racial and Other,” in Racism, Philosophy and Mind, ed., Michael Levine and Tamas Pataki. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004): 97-123.

“Gender, Patriotism, the Events of 9/11,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 15:4 (2003): 457-461.

"Topics in Feminism", (With Nancy Tuana) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2003 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

“Persistence Through Time,” in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics, ed., M. Loux and D. Zimmerman. (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2003), pp. 315-354.

“Social Construction: The “Debunking” Project,” in Socializing Metaphysics: The Nature of Social Reality, ed., Frederick F. Schmitt. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), pp. 301-325.

“Gender, Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be?”Noûs 34:1 (March 2000): 31-55.

Selected as one of the 10 best articles to appear in 2000 by the Philosopher's Annual.  Reprinted in Philosopher's Annual XXIII (2001).

Reprinted in Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology, ed., Ann Cudd and Robin Andreason.  Blackwell Publishers, 2004.

“Feminism in Metaphysics: Negotiating the Natural,” in The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, ed., J. Hornsby and M. Fricker (Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 107-126.

“What Knowledge Is and What It Ought To Be: Feminist Values and Normative Epistemology,” in Philosophical Perspectives 13 (1999): 459-480.

Reprinted in a shortened version as: “Defining Knowledge: Feminist Values and Normative Epistemology,” in the Proceedings of the World Congress of Philosophy, (1999).

“Ontology and Social Construction,” Philosophical Topics 23:2 (Fall 1995) 95-125.

Reprinted in a shortened version as: ““Objective” Reality, “Male” Reality, and Social Construction,” in A. Garry and M. Pearsall, ed., Women, Knowledge, and Reality, 2nd edition (NY: Routledge, 1996) pp. 84-107.

A shortened version of the shortened version reprinted as: ““Objective” Reality, “Male” Reality, and Social Construction,” in The Canon and Its Critics: A Multiperspective Introduction to Philosophy, ed., Todd M. Furman and Mitchell Avila (Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Pub. 2000), pp, 257-265.

Shortened version reprinted in Discourses (Spring 2005), a database of philosophy readings that is part of Primis, McGraw-Hill's online electronic publishing system:

“Humean Supervenience and Enduring Things,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72:3 (September 1994) 339-359.

“Parts, Compounds, and Substantial Unity,” in Unity and Identity of Aristotelian Substances, ed., David Charles, Mary Louise Gill, and Theodore Scaltsas (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1994) 129-170.

“On Being Objective and Being Objectified,” in A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity, ed., Louise Antony and Charlotte Witt (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993), 85-125.

“Ontology and Pragmatic Paradox,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:3 (1992), 293-313.

“Endurance and Temporary Intrinsics,” Analysis 49:3 (1989), 119-125.

“Persistence, Change, and Explanation,” Philosophical Studies 56 (1989), 1-28.

Book Reviews:

Review of Judith Butler's Bodies that Matter (NY: Routledge, 1994) for International Studies in Philosophy vol. XXX: 4 (1998): 107-9.

Other Publications:

“Feminism and Metaphysics: Unmasking Hidden Ontologies” APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Spring 2000, pp. 192-196.

“Doing Philosophy as a Feminist,” APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, September 1992.


Symposium on Gender, Race, and Philosophy (online reviews of published articles), Co-editor.  2004-

MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy. MIT Press, Series Co-Editor. 2003-

Editorial Board, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online); editor of entries on feminism, 1996-2001; co-editor with Nancy Tuana of entries on feminism, 2001-2004.

Work In Progress:


Doing Justice to the Social: 2012 Carus Lectures

Awards, Fellowships:

Carus Lecturer (APA), Pacific APA Meetings 2012

YWCA Cambridge Tribute to Outstanding Women Award: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women.  November 2011.

2010 Distinguished Woman Philosopher (SWIP), May 2010

Scots Philosophy Club Centenary Fellowship, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland, August 2002.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Spring 2002.

Class of '51 Fund for Excellence in Education, Class of '55 Fund for Excellence in Teaching, and Class of '72 Fund for Educational Innovation, for revisions to the Introduction to Women's Studies Course (MIT), 1999 (with Lora Wildenthal).

Rackham Spring/Summer Research Grant (UM), 1997.

Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship (for excellence in undergraduate education) (UM), 1997.

Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities, 1997.

National Humanities Center Fellow, 1995-6 (accepted).

Michigan Humanities Award, 1995-6 (declined).

LS&A Career Development Award (UM), 1995.

LS&A Excellence in Education Award (UM), 1992-3, 1993-4.

Women's Studies Summer Research Grant (Princeton), Summer 1988.

T.E.A.C.H. Award (one for class enrollment under 50 and one for class enrollment over 50), (UC-Irvine), Fall 1985.

Recent Invited Talks:


American Political Science Association, Washington DC

Arizona State University

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Bryn Mawr/Haverford

University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NSF-Advance)

University of Iowa, Hall Lecture

New York University

Brandeis University

Mt. Holyoke College

Vanderbilt University

Northwestern Universtiy


Marquette University

University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

Illinois Philosophy Association, Keynote

Davidson College, Annual Retreat (4 sessions)

The Park School, Brookline, MA (2 visits)

Brookline Community Mental Health, Brookline, MA

Princeton University

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania, Seybert Lectures (3 lectures)

Boston University


Yale University (Political Theory Workshop)

Queens University

University of Western Ontario

University of Oklahoma

Center for the Study of Equality and Multiculturalism, University of Copenhagen

University of Maryland

Association for Political Theory, Wesleyan College

Bariloche International Philosophy Colloquium IX, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

University of Buenos Aires

Other Activities (2000- ):

Organizer: Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies, Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture,

  1. biannual conference, April 29-May 2, 2010 at MIT.

Teachers as Scholars Instructor (2 full days; in-service course for Primary and Secondary School teachers and staff), The Social Construction of Gender and Race.  January 2006, January 2009.

Panel Organizer: “Opposition to Affirmative Action: Contemporary Responses” (with Mindy Fried), MIT Tuesday, April 15, 2003.

CCRR (Campus Committee on Race Relations) Course: “Learning Together, Working Together: Enhancing Race and Ethnic Relations at MIT,” member of instructional team, Spring 2003.

Co-Coordinator, Big Sibling Program, Adoptive Families at MIT, Spring 2002-

Co-Organizer of the Workshop on Gender and Philosophy (monthly dinner meetings with presentations of work in progress by feminist philosophers in the Boston area), 2000-  See:

Independent Activities Period (IAP) Panel Organizer:

2001: Rethinking/Reconstructing Family: Philosophical and Feminist Issues in Adoption, with Charlotte Witt (UNH) and Janet Farrel Smith (Umass, Boston).

2000: Pornography, Subordination, and Silence: Feminist Applications of Speech Act Theory, with Nancy Bauer (Tufts) and Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley).

Informational presentations:

“Inside An Open Transracial Adoption”

Family Resource Center, MIT, January 2002.

Resolve, Eastern Massachusetts, April 2001.

“Adoption and “Cultural Competence””

Family Resource Center, January 2004.


Associate Editor, Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 2001-2007.

Editorial Board, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (annual), Oxford University Press, 2000-

Editorial Board, Studies in Feminist Philosophy book series, Oxford University Press, 1998-

Member of Editorial Board for the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 1990-93(?).

Consulting Editor, Episteme: Epistemological Controversies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, 2002-?

Refereeing for: Biological Theory, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Hypatia, Legal Theory, Metaphilosophy, Noûs, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Review, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy Compass, Signs, Theoria, Cornell Univ. Press, Harvard Univ. Press, Oxford Univ. Press, Mayfield Publishers, Princeton Univ. Press.

Consulting for: University of Michigan Press, MIT Press.

Refereeing for Hypatia special issue: “Feminist Science Studies”, Spring2002.

Selected Committees And Appointments (2000- ):


Undergraduate Advisor in Philosophy (MIT), 2003-9

Junior Search Committee, chair (MIT), 2002-3; 2005-6.

Committee on Graduate Studies (MIT), 1998-2006

Women's and Gender Studies:

Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, July 2009-

Acting Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, July 2003-January 2004, January 2007-July 2007.

Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at Radcliffe, MIT Representative to the Board, and Board Co-Chair (MIT), 2000-2002

WS Personnel Committee, Chair (MIT), 1999-2001

WS Steering Committee (MIT), 1998-2005

WS Curriculum Committee (MIT), 1998-2000, Chair 2004-5


President’s Council on Family and Work, 2006-9

President’s Diversity Council (MIT), 2006-9

SHASS Gender Equity Committee (MIT), 2002-, Chair, 2004-9

Committee on Campus Race Relations (MIT), 2002-04.

Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of the Humanities Library (MIT), 2000-01


Technology Children's Center, Board of Directors, (MIT) 1999-2003

TCC Personnel Committee, Chair, 1999-2002

Professional Memberships:

American Philosophical Association

         Eastern Division, Vice President, 2012-3.

Eastern Division, Executive Committee, 2001-2003

Area consultant (feminism) to the Eastern Division Program Committee, 1994-7, 1999-2001

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

International Association of Women Philosophers

National Women's Studies Association

Society for Analytic Feminism

Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs

Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division

Society for Women in Philosophy, National Treasurer, 2002-2006.

(References Available On Request)