Alison Wylie

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Alison Wylie
Era 20th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of science, Philosophy of social science, Philosophy of archaeology, Feminist philosophy

Alison Wylie is a Canadian feminist philosopher of science at the University of Washington, Seattle (Winter and Spring) and Durham University, UK (Fall). She is recognized for her work on epistemological questions in archaeological practice and feminist research in the social sciences. Her work is primarily in social epistemology and standpoint theory, and she publishes on research ethics in archaeology.

Education and career

Wylie did her undergraduate work at Mount Allison University. She earned MAs in philosophy and anthropology and a PhD in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. Prior to teaching at University of Washington Wylie taught at Washington University in St. Louis (1998–2003), Columbia University (2003–2005), and the University of Western Ontario (1985–1998).

Wylie received a Presidential Recognition Award from the [Society of American Archivists] in 1995[1] for her work as a co-chair on the Ethics in Archaeology Committee which developed the current Principles of Archaeological Ethics in use by the SAA.[2] Wylie was the senior editor of Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy[3] from 2008–2013[4] and President of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division during 2011–12.[5] In 2013, SWIP (Society for Women in Philosophy) named her Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the year.[6]



Special issues and symposia


Talks and interviews

  • “Archaeology and Critical Feminism of Science: Interview by Kelly Koide, Mariana Toledo Ferreira, and Marisol Marini; published as [Archaeology and Critical Feminism of Science: Interview with Alison Wylie], Scientiae Studiea, Sao Paolo 12.3 (2014): 549-590; available in English
  • The Archaeologist's Life, a series of interviews by Phyllis Messenger
  • American Philosophical Association Presidential Address: "Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters" (Seattle, April 2012)
  • Rotman Institute Speaker: “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology” (Western University, November 2012)
  • Archaeology in the Making: Conversations Through a Discipline, edited by William Rathje, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore, Routledge, in press (2012).
  • “Transformations in Archaeology Theory and Method: Turning Point in the Early 1980s”: Personal Histories Retrospect, convened by Pamela Smith, Cambridge Personal Histories Project (Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, October 2007). Video podcast:
  • Telling Stories, Constructing Narratives: Gender Equity and Archaeology: Uzma Z. Rizvi, Greenfield Intercultural Center (2007).
  • “Philosophy from the Ground Up”: interview with Kathryn Denning, “Words of Wisdom,” Assemblage 5 (April 2000).


  1. Presidential Recognition Award
  3. Wylie, Alison. "Hypatia". Hypatia, A journal of Feminist Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hypatia Honor Roll
  5. APA Pacific Division Officers 2011–12.
  6. Society for Women in Philosophy - Distinguished Woman of the Year Award

External links

  • Alison Wylie's homepage at the University of Washington (Seattle) -
  • Alison Wylie at Durham University (UK) -