Women's and Gender Studies Program

Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna

Professor of Philosophy

(253) 535-7213 (office)



B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 1987

M.A., Purdue University, 1990

Ph.D., Purdue University, 1992

Erin McKenna is a Professor of Philosophy, former Chair of Philosophy and former chair of Women's Studies. She specializes in feminist theory and American Pragmatism, focusing on issues of social and political philosophy. Her book, The Task of Utopia: A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) focuses on the work of John Dewey. She has recently co-edited a volume titled Animal Pragmatism which came out in the spring of 2004 from Indiana University Press. Some of her articles include "Pragmatism and Primates," “Women, Power, and Meat,” “Feminism and Vegetarianism,” “ The Occupied West Bank,” and “Some Reflections Concerning Feminist Pedagogy.” Erin McKenna has also co-edited Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy for Open Court in 2009. She regularly teaches courses on Women and Philosophy every fall: Philosophy, Animals, and the Environment, every spring; Ethics and the Good Life; Social and Political Philosophy; and Pragmatism and American Philosophy. McKenna has been teaching at PLU since 1992. She joins us with her PhD from Purdue University in Indiana.