Janet Kourany, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Janet Kourany is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and Concurrent Faculty in Gender Studies. She is also on the Steering Committee of the History and Philosophy of Science Program. Kourany’s research areas include philosophy of science, science and social values, agnotology, and feminist philosophy (especially feminist epistemology and philosophy of science). Her books related to gender studies include Philosophy of Science after Feminism (Oxford University Press, 2010), The Gender of Science (Prentice-Hall, 2002), Feminist Philosophies (with James Sterba and Rosemarie Tong; Prentice-Hall, 1999, 1992), and Philosophy in a Feminist Voice (Princeton University Press, 1998).
Dr. Kourany’s students described her as a “generous and dedicated mentor” who expresses a genuine interest in her students and cares for them “both in the classroom and outside of it.” Students wrote that her classes are “extremely unique, captivating, and well thought out,” and described her as one of the “strongest and most innovative teachers” in the Philosophy department. Both former students and Dr. Jeff Speaks, the chair of Philosophy, noted how challenging Dr. Kourany's courses are. In addition, Dr. Speaks noted that Dr. Kourany is committed to improving teaching in her home department.
Gender Studies courses taught by Janet Kourany:
Theories of Sexual Difference (undergraduate)
Gender and Science (undergraduate)
The Science-Gender Connection (graduate/undergraduate)
Science and Social Values (graduate/undergraduate)
Forbidden Knowledge (graduate/undergraduate)
Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (graduate)
Philosophy in a Different Voice: Feminist Perspectives on Knowledge (undergraduate)