Alison Wylie

Professor Emerita

Contact Information

Office Hours
By email


Ph.D., Philosophy, from SUNY-Binghamton, 1982
M.A., Philosophy and Anthropology, from SUNY-Binghamton 1979
B.A. Hons, Philosophy and Sociology, from Mt. Allison University 1976
Curriculum Vitae (129.19 KB)

Alison Wylie is an Affliate of the Department of Anthropology and the  Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at UW. She works on philosophical issues raised by archaeological practice and by feminist research in the social sciences: ideals of objectivity, the role of contextual values in research practice, models of evidential reasoning and issues of accountability to research subjects and stakeholders affected by social, historical research. Current projects include a book manuscript in preparation, Standpoint Matters, In Feminist Philosophy of Science, and an ongoing collaboration with archaeologist Bob Chapman at Reading University; we recently published Material Evidence (co-edited, Routledge 2015) and Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology (co-authored, Bloomsbury 2016).

Wylie currently teaches at Durham University in the Autumn quarter and has held faculty appointments at Barnard College/Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Western Ontario. She has also held visiting positions at the Australian National University, Reading University (UK), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies at Stanford, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, the Department of Anthropology at UC-Berkeley (Archaeological Research Facility), Applied Philosophy at NYU, and the Block Visiting Professorship at the University of Denver. She completed a five-year term as Editor of Hypatia  2013, and was named the Distinguished Woman in Philosophy by the Society for Women in Philosophy in 2013. She served as President of the Pacific Division, American Philosophical Association in 2011-2012, and was elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association in 2016 for a term beginning (as Vice President) in January 2017.


Selected Research

Resources & Related Links


Home Department
Professional Affiliations
American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), Philosophy of Science Association, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice

Related News