Professor McWeeny’s research emerges at the intersections of the philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and philosophies of gender and race. Her work explores the bodily, historical, and social dimensions of mental phenomena such as consciousness, emotion, and perception, and attends to the ways that living within social categories such as gender, race, class, and ability affects the content and perspectival structure of experience. She has also developed cross-cultural philosophical methodologies that engage diverse perspectives along multiple axes (cultural, historical, social, political, and disciplinary). Professor McWeeny is a recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar National Research Award (France) and the editor in chief of the award-winning multidisciplinary journal Simone de Beauvoir Studies. She has recently written a piece about the existential implications of pandemic life here.
Professional Highlights & Honors
Jennifer McWeeny, associate professor of Humanities and Arts, was noted in the Telegram & Gazette’s College Town (scroll down to 4th item) for being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct research in Paris from January to July 2020. McWeeny is the second woman in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award’s history to receive a Fulbright to study philosophy in France, and the fourth woman at WPI to receive a Fulbright scholarship.