Jennifer McWeeny is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Humanities and Arts Department. Her training in philosophy is pluralistic in nature, engaging work from a variety of schools and traditions including Continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, feminist philosophy, pragmatism, and Asian and comparative philosophies. Professor McWeeny’s research emerges at the intersections of social and political philosophy, critical theory, philosophy of mind, and phenomenology, and aims to open the question of whether or not social and political theories should be grounded in the presumption of a universal human nature or ontological structure. Phenomenological investigations of concrete social locations marked by gender, race, class, and sexuality are thus at the center of her research program. She has served as Executive Secretary of the Society for Women in Philosophy and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Simone de Beauvoir Studies.
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.