Sharyn Clough teaches courses in the study of knowledge, especially scientific knowledge. Her research examines the complex ways in which science and politics are interwoven, and the notions of objectivity that can be salvaged once this complexity is acknowledged. More recently she has been working in public philosophy, investigating the importance of basic peace skills or Peace Literacy for deliberation about controversial science policy, and deliberations across conflicts more generally. She is the Director of Phronesis Lab – phronesis is Greek for practical wisdom – and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Peace Literacy Institute. She is the author of Beyond Epistemology: A Pragmatist Approach to Feminist Science Studies, and the editor of Siblings Under the Skin: Feminism, Social Justice and Analytic Philosophy. In addition, she has written a number of essays on science, peace, and politics for journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Metascience, Perspectives in Science, and Social Philosophy.
Select Articles & Book Chapters
2022. (Co-author, with Christian Matheis) “Peace Literacy, Public Philosophy, and Peace Activism,” for the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Public Philosophy. https://www.wiley.com/en-us/A+Companion+to+Public+Philosophy-p-9781119635222.
2021. “Peace Literacy, Cognitive Bias, and Structural Injustice.” In Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom. Co-edited by N. Osei-Kofi, B. Boovy, and K. Furman. New York: Routledge: 105-123.
2020. (Lead author, with Nancy McHugh) “Where are all of the Pragmatist Feminist Philosophers of Science?” In The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science, eds. S. Crasnow and K. Intemann. New York: Routledge, pp. 170-184.
2020. “Charity, Peace, and the Social Epistemology of Science Controversies.” In Social Epistemology and Relativism, co-edited by N. Ashton, M. Kusch, R. McKenna, and K. Sodoma. New York: Routledge, 122–42. doi.org/10.4324/9780429199356-10
2017. (Second author, with Thomas Boothby). “Empiricist and Rationalist Approaches to the Design of Concrete Structures.” Journal of Preservation Technology Bulletin, vol. XLVIII (1): 6-14.
2016. (Lead author with Julio Orozco, MA student). “Scientific Sexism and Racism.” In Nancy Naples, ed. The Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Wiley Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss315
2015. “Fact/Value Holism, Feminist Philosophy, and Nazi Cancer Research.” Feminist Philosophical Quarterly, 1(1). http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/vol1/iss1/7/
2015. (Lead author with Pam Allen, PhD student). “Philosophical Commitments, Empirical Evidence, and Theoretical Psychology.” Theory and Psychology, 25(1):3-24. doi:10.1177/0959354314563324.
2011. “Radical Interpretation, Feminism, and Science.” In Dialogues with Davidson, ed. Jeffrey Malpas. MIT Press.
2011. “Gender and the Hygiene Hypothesis.” Social Science & Medicine 72: 486-493.
2010. "Drawing Battle Lines and Choosing Bedfellows: Rorty, Relativism, and Feminist Strategy." In Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty, ed. Marianne Janack. Penn State Press.
For more information and a more complete listing of her research publications, see cv, linked above.
Dr. Clough regularly teaches a lower division course in epistemology (PHL 251) as well as formal logic (PHL 321), ancient Greek philosophy (PHL 301) and upper level seminars: Philosophy of Science (PHL 470/570); Science, Politics, and Peace Literacy (PHL 481/581); and in alternate years, Feminism and Science (PHL 407/507). The latest versions of these course outlines are available from the SHPR Main Office, and to registered students via Canvas.