Professor Alison M. Jaggar B.A. Hons. (Bedford College, London), M. Litt. (Edinburgh), Ph.D. (Buffalo)

Department of Philosophy
Distinguished Research Professor

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am College Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I hold a joint appointment between Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. I am also affiliated with the Department of Ethnic Studies.


  • B.A. Hons,  University of London (Bedford College), 1964
  • M.Litt,University of Edinburgh, 1967 
  • PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1970


Professor Jaggar pioneered the introduction of feminist concerns into philosophy. In 1971, she taught what she thinks was the first-ever course in feminist philosophy. She co-founded SWIP and Hypatia and chaired the APA Committee on the Status of Women. In 1995, Jaggar was SWIP’s Distinguished Woman Philosopher and in 2011 she won the Gee Memorial Lectureship for advancing women, interdisciplinary scholarship and distinguished teaching. Jaggar was also a founder of the discipline of feminist studies and published several texts that helped define the field. 

Jaggar has taught at Miami University of Ohio, the University of Cincinnati (where she was Wilson Professor of Ethics), UCLA, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rutgers University (where she held the New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of Oslo, Norway, where she is currently Professor Two and Research Co-ordinator at the Center for the Study of Mind in Nature. 

Jaggar has been awarded research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), the Rockefeller Foundation, the AAUW, the University of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Research Council (shared) and the Australian Research Council (shared).

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Jaggar will co-supervise PhD students working on political philosophy, moral epistemology and feminism together with the staff from Birmingham.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Jaggar currently studies gender and globalization. She works on three levels, normative, methodological, and epistemological: 

  • Normatively, Jaggar has published many articles exploring how global institutions and policies interact with local practices to create gendered cycles of vulnerability and exploitation. She is interested what these interactions might mean for responsibility and policy.
  • At the methodological level, Jaggar participated in a multi-disciplinary research project which aimed to develop a new poverty measure capable of revealing the gendered dimensions of global poverty. The measure is methodologically innovative because it incorporates the perspectives of poor people.
  • At the epistemological level, Jaggar is working with Dr. Theresa Tobin, Marquette University, to figure out how moral claims may be justified in real-world circumstances of diversity and inequality. Jaggar & Tobin’s work proposes a new mission and a new method for moral epistemology. 

Overall, Jaggar seeks to reframe traditional philosophical debates about justice and justification in terms that are responsive to gender, globalization, and post-colonialism.

Other activities

  • My website at the University of Colorado
  • My website at the University of Oslo
  • Measuring Poverty and Gender Disparity
  • 2014 Yaoundé (Cameroon) seminar on justice
  • In the Unjust Meantime: A Conference in Honor of Alison M. Jaggar (6-7 August, Boulder, CO)



  • Gender and Global Justice, Polity Press, 2014. 
  • Pogge and his Critics, Polity Press, 2010.
  • Abortion: Three Perspectives, with Michael Tooley, Philip E. Devine and Celia Wolf-Devine, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press, 2008, Supplemented edition, 2013.
  • The Blackwell Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited with Iris M. Young, Oxford and Malden:  Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
  • Morality and Social Justice:  Point Counterpoint, with James P. Sterba, Milton Fisk, William A. Galston, Carol C. Gould, Tibor Machan and Robert Solomon, Lanham, MD and London, UK:  Rowman and Littlefield, 1995. 
  • Living with Contradictions:  Controversies in Feminist Social Ethics, Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 1994.
  • Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing, edited with Susan R. Bordo, New Brunswick, New Jersey:  Rutgers University Press, 1989.
  • Feminist Politics and Human Nature, Totowa, N.J:  Rowman & Allanheld, and Brighton, U.K: Harvester Press, 1983.
  • Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations between Women and Men, edited with Paula Rothenberg, New York:  McGraw Hill, 1/e 1978, 2/e 1984, 3/e 1993.

Selected articles

  •  ““Are my hands clean?’ Responsibility for global gender disparities” in Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, edited by Diana Meyers, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014.
  • “Gender and global justice: Rethinking some basic assumptions of Western political philosophy,” editor’s introduction to Gender and Global Justice, Cambridge: Polity Press 2013.
  • “Naturalizing Moral Justification: Rethinking the Method of Moral Epistemology,” co-authored with Theresa W. Tobin. Metaphilosophy, Vol. 44, No. 4, July 2013, 409-439.
  • “Situating Moral Justification: Rethinking the Mission of Moral Epistemology,” co-authored with Theresa W. Tobin. Metaphilosophy, Vol. 44, No. 4, July 2013, 383-408.
  • “We Fight for Roses Too: Time Use and Global Gender Justice,” The Journal of Global Ethics, 9:2, 2013, 115-129.
  • “Does Poverty Wear a Woman’s Face? Some Moral Dimensions of a Transnational Research Project,” Hypatia 28:2, Spring 2013, 1-18.
  • “Transnational Cycles of Gendered Vulnerability: A Prologue to a Theory of Global Gender Injustice,” Philosophical Topics, Volume 37, Number 1, Spring, 2009.
  • “Susan Moller Okin and the Challenge of Essentialism,” Toward a Humanist Justice: The Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin, edited by Rob Reich and Debra Satz, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “Naming Terrorism as Evil,” in Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil, edited by Robin May Schott, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007.
  • “Reasoning About Well-Being: Nussbaum’s Methods of Justifying the Capabilities,” The Journal of Political Philosophy, 14:4 2006, 301-322. 
  • “’Saving Amina:’ Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue,” Ethics and International Affairs 19:3, fall 2005, 85-105.
  • “What is Terrorism, Why Is It Wrong and Could it Ever be Morally Permissible?” The Journal of Social Philosophy, 36:2 (summer 2005) 202-217.
  • “Arenas of Citizenship: Civil Society, State and the Global Order,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 7:1, March, 2005, 1-24.
  • “Challenging Women’s Global Inequalities: Some Priorities for Western Philosophers,” Philosophical Topics, 30:2 (fall, 2002) pp. 229-253.
  • “Responding to the Evil of Terrorism,” Hypatia, 18:1 (Winter 2003) pp.175-182.
  • “Feminism and the Objects of Justice,” in James P. Sterba, ed., Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives, London, UK: Routledge, 2001, pp. 251-269
  • “Ethics Naturalized: Feminism’s Contribution to Moral Epistemology,” Metaphilosophy, 31:5 (October, 2000) pp. 452-468.
  • “Feminism and Moral Justification,” Miranda Fricker and Jennifer Hornsby, eds., Feminism in Philosophy, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 225-244.
  • “Feminist Ethics,” Hugh LaFollette, ed., The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory, Oxford and Malden:  Blackwell Publishers, 2000, pp. 348-374.

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