School of Liberal Arts


Erinn Gilson

Academic Title

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Research Interests

  • The role of vulnerability in ethics and politics
  • Gender, racial, and sexual justice
  • Food and agricultural ethics
  • Critical prison studies


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis
  • B.A., Grinnell College

Areas of Expertise

  • Feminist Theory
  • Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • Contemporary European Philosophy (especially Foucault and Deleuze)

Recent Publications

“Continental Feminist Ethics.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy, eds. Kim Q. Hall and Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir

“The Problems and Potentials of Vulnerability.” Forthcoming in the Proceedings of the British Academy, Oxford University Press, eds. Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, and Doerthe Rosenow

“Undoing the Subject: Feminist and Schizoanalytic Contributions to Political Desubjectification.” Forthcoming in Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism, eds. Janae Scholtz and Cheri Carr, Bloomsbury Press

Food, Environment, and Climate Change: Justice at the Intersections, co-edited with Sarah Kenehan (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018)

“Beyond Bounded Selves and Places: The Relational Making of Vulnerability and Security.” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, special issue on Phenomenology and Vulnerability, v. 49, no. 3 (2018): 229-242.

“Vulnerability and Victimization: Rethinking Key Concepts in Feminist Discourses on Sexual Violence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, v. 42, no. 1 (2016): 1-28.

“The Perils and Privileges of Vulnerability: Intersectionality, Relationality, and the Injustices of the US Prison Nation.” PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, special issue on Queer, Trans, and Feminist Responses to Mass Incarceration, v. 6, no. 1 (2016): 43-59.