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Nancy Tuana

Nancy Tuana

DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy

240 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-1653


  1. Ph.D., University of California


Areas of Specialization

  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Approaches to Intersectionality
  • Science Studies with an emphasis on epistemological and ethical issues
  • Coupled Epistemic-Ethical Issues in Scientific Practice, with particular emphasis on climate science
  • Moral Literacy

Administrative Position

Recent and Forthcoming Articles

  • Tuana, Nancy. (forthcoming).  Being Affected by Climate Change: The Anthropocene and the Body of Ethics. Ethics in the Anthropocene. Eds, Kenneth Shockley and Andrew Light.  MIT Press.
  • Nancy Tuana (forthcoming).  Climate Change through the Lens of Feminist Philosophy.  In Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science.  Maria Cristina Amoretti, Nicla Vassallo (Eds.)  Dordrecht: Springer Press.
  • Tuana, Nancy.  (forthcoming).  The Values of Science Literacy.  Title  Ed. Richard Duschl. Routledge/Taylor Francis.
  • Tuana, N. (forthcoming). Climate change and place: Delimiting cosmopolitanism.  Wahman, J., Medina, J., and Stuhr, J. (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism and Place. 
  • Tuana, N. and Cuomo, C. (Eds.) (2014). Introduction. Special issue of Hypatia on climate change.  Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 29(1).
  • Moosa, Christine Shaheen and Nancy Tuana.  (2014). Mapping a Research Agenda Concerning Gender and Climate Change: A Review of the Literature.   Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.
  • Tuana, Nancy.  (2014). An Ethical Leadership Developmental Framework.  A Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership.  Eds. Christopher Branson and Steven J. Gross. Routledge.
  • Michael Bezzina and Nancy Tuana.  (2014)  An Insight into the Nature of Ethical Motivation.   A Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership.  Eds. Christopher Branson and Steven J. Gross. Routledge.
  • Tschakert, Petra and Nancy Tuana.  (2013).  Situated Resilience: Reframing Vulnerability and Security in the Context of Climate Change.  Climate Change Talk: Rights, Poverty and Justice.  eds. Jackie Dugard, Asuncion Lera St. Clair and Siri Gloppen.  Juta Press.
  • Tuana, Nancy. (2013). Gendering Climate Knowledge for Justice: Catalyzing a New Research Agenda, Margaret Alston and Kerri Whittenbury, Eds.  Gender and Climate Change,forthcoming.
  • Tuana, Nancy. Coming to Understand,  Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2004): 194-232. Reprinted in Agnotology:  The Cultural Production of Ignorance Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger, Stanford University Press, 2007 and the Hypatia 25th Anniversary Retrospective Virtual Issue, 2010.
  • Tuana, Nancy. (2013). Embedding Ethics in the Practices of Science: Bringing Humanities to the Sciences, Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 190, 11: 1955-1973.
  • Tuana, Nancy, Ryan Sriver, Toby Svoboda, Roman Olson, Peter J. Irvine, Jacob Haqq-Misra, and Klaus Keller. (2012). Towards Integrated Ethical and Scientific Analysis of Geoengineering: A Research Agenda, Ethics, Policy and Environment Vol. 15, No. 2, 1–22.
  • Goes, Marlos, Nancy Tuana, and Klaus Keller. (2011). The Economics (or lack thereof) of Aerosol Geoengineering, Climatic Change, Change, 109, 3: 719-744.
  • Svoboda, Toby, Marlos Goes, Klaus Keller, and Nancy Tuana. (2011). Sulfate Aerosol Geoengineering: The Question of Justice, Public Affairs Quarterly, 25, 3: 157-180.
  • Schienke, E. W., Baum, S., Tuana, N., Davis, K.J., Keller, K. (2011). Intrinsic Ethics Regarding Integrated Assessment Models for Climate Management,Science and Engineering Ethics 17, 3:503-23.
  • Tuana, Nancy. (2010).  Leading with Ethics, Aiming for Policy, Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 177, 3: 471-492.
  • Tuana, Nancy. (2010).  Climate Change and Human Rights, Handbook of Human Rights, Chapter 33, Routledge, 2010.
  • Tuana, Nancy. (2010).  Engendering Philosophy of Science, in Philosophy of Science: Five Questions, VIP Press.
  • The Role of the NSF Broader Impacts Criteria on Research Ethics Pedagogy, with E. Schienke, D. Brown, K. Davis, K. Keller, J. Shortle, and M. Stickler,Social Epistemology A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy 23, 3-4, 2009: 317-336.
  • Tuana, Nancy. Conceptualizing Moral Literacy, Journal of Educational Administration, Volume 45, Number 4, 2007, pp. 364-378
  • Tuana, Nancy. Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina, Material Feminisms, ed. Susan Hekman and Stacy Alaimo, Duke University Press, 2007.
  • Tuana, Nancy. The Speculum of Ignorance  Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Special issue on Ethics and Epistemologies of Ignorance, 2006, 21.3 (2006) 1-19.

Selected Books and Anthologies

  • Gender and Climate Change, with Carolyn Sachs and Petra Tschakert, Zed Books, forthcoming.
  • Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance, SUNY Series on Philosophy and Race, (SUNY Press, 2007). Co-edited with Shannon Sullivan.
  • Revealing Male Bodies, co-editor with William Cowling, Maurice Hamington, Greg Johnson, and Terrance MacMullan, Indiana University Press, 2002.
  • Engendering Rationalities, co-editor with Sandra Morgan, SUNY Press, 2001.
  • Feminism and Philosophy: Essential Readings in Theory, Reinterpretation, and        Application, ed. with Rosemarie Tong, Westview Press, 1995
  • Re-Reading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Plato, ed. Penn State Press, 1994
  • The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman's Nature, Indiana University Press, 1993
  • Women and the History of Philosophy, Continuum, 1992
  • Feminism and Science, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989

Recent Grants

  • NSF Sustainability Research Network, Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies, $11.9 million, Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 9/2012-10/2017
  • NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering, Tuana, PI, Awarded, 08/15/2011-07/31/2014
    Graduate Pedagogy for Ethical Dimensions of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Research
  • NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering, Tuana, PI, Awarded 2006-2008
    Integrating Ethics into Graduate Training in the Environmental Sciences
  • American Philosophical Association, Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded, 2006-2014
    Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute

Editing Projects