Ann Cudd

  • Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Ann E. Cudd is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh since September 1, 2018, when she became Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor. From August 2015-August 2018 Cudd was Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. Prior to joining Boston University she was University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kansas (KU), where she taught from 1988-1991 and 1993-2015. In 1991-93 she taught at Occidental College.
Cudd’s philosophical interests include social and political philosophy, philosophy of economics, philosophy of social science, decision theory, and feminist theory. Her research has long focused on themes of oppression, economic inequality, and gender. Books include: Analyzing Oppression (Oxford University Press, 2006), Capitalism, For and Against: A philosophical debate, co-authored with Nancy Holmstrom, (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and five edited volumes on themes ranging from backlash to feminism to contemporary democracy to privacy. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters. Recent work concerns contractarian political philosophy, conceptions of domestic violence in international law, and the injustice of educational inequality.
Cudd has taught a wide variety of courses in philosophy and gender studies, and she has supervised 12 doctoral students to completion. In 2001 she was awarded the William T. Kemper Teaching Fellowship, KU’s highest teaching award, and in 2005 the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award.
Cudd received her BA in Mathematics and Philosophy at Swarthmore College in 1982. She then earned her MA in Philosophy in 1984, MA in Economics in 1986, and PhD in Philosophy in 1988, all from the University of Pittsburgh.