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Nancy Tuana

Nancy Tuana

DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy

and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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


  1. Ph.D., University of California


Areas of Specialization

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

Administrative Position

Books and Edited Collections

  • Beyond Philosophy: Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa, co-authored with Charles Scott, Indiana University Press, 2020.
  • Race and the Epistemologies of Ignorance, ed. with Shannon Sullivan, SUNY Press, 2007.
  • Revealing Male Bodies, ed. with William Cowling, Maurice Hamington, Greg Johnson, Terrance Macmullen Indiana University Press, 2002
  • Engendering Rationalities, ed. with Sandra Morgen, 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/Paragon House, 1992
  • Feminism and Science, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989

 Journal Special Issues

  • Toward Decolonial Feminisms: Tracing the Lineages of Decolonial Thinking through Latin American/Latinx Feminist Philosophy, with Emma Velez, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Special Issue, 2020.
  • Decolonial Feminisms, with Emma Velez, Critical Philosophy of Race, Special Issue, 2020.
  • Race in the Age of the Anthropocene, with Robert Bernasconi, Critical Philosophy of Race, Special Issue, 2019.
  • Idioms of Ethical Life, with Charles Scott, Epoché, Special Issue, 2017.
  • Non-racialism, Color-blindness, and Post-Racialism: Critical Reflections from South Africa and the US, with Robert Bernasconi, Gabeba Baderoon, Kathryn Gines, and Melissa Steyn. Critical Philosophy of Race, Special Issue, Volume 5, Number 2, 2017. 
  • South African and U.S. Critical Philosophies of Race, with Robert Bernasconi, Critical Philosophy of Race, Special Issue, Volume 4, Number 2, 2016.
  • Climate Change, with Chris Cuomo, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  Special Issue. Volume 29, Number 3, 2014
  • Ethics and Epistemologies of Ignorance, ed. with Shannon Sullivan, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Special Issue, Volume 21, Number 3, 2007
  • Climate Change, with Chris Cuomo, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  Special Issue. Volume 29, Number 3, 2014

Recent Journal Articles

  • Tuana, Nancy.  2021.  Feminist New Materialisms. Kim Q Hall and Ásta Sveinsdóttir eds. Handbook of Feminist Philosophy.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Helgeson, Casey, Vivek Srikrishnan, Klaus Keller, and Nancy Tuana. 2021. “Why Simpler Computer Simulation Models Can Be Epistemically Better for Informing Decisions.” Philosophy of Science 88.
  • Tuana, Nancy. 2020.  Values-informed Decision Support: The Place of Philosophy. Philosophy for the Real World: An Introduction to Field Philosophy with Case Studies and Practical Strategies. Edited by Evelyn Brister and Robert Frodeman. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
  • Tuana, Nancy.  2020.  From a Lifeboat Ethic to Anthropocenean Sensibilities.  Environmental Philosophy. 17, 1.
  • Tuana, Nancy. 2019.  Climate Apartheid: The Forgetting of Race in the Anthropocene.  Critical Philosophy of Race, 7, 1: 1-31.
  • Tuana, Nancy and Charles Scott. 2018.  Border Arte Philosophy: Altogether Beyond Philosophy Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32, 1: 70-91.
  • Vezér, M., Bakker, A., Keller, K., and Tuana, N. 2018. Epistemic and ethical trade-offs in decision analytical modelling: A case study of flood risk management in New Orleans. Climatic Change 147, 1-2: 1-10,
  • Tuana, Nancy. 2017.   Ethically Valuing the Future: Non-market Loss and Damage in the Context of Climate Change, Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. 15: 979-998.
  • Tuana, Nancy. 2017. Understanding Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Issues Relevant to Climate Modeling and Decision Support Science, in Linda Gundersen, ed. Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences. New York, American Geophysical Union.
  • Tschakert Petra, Barnett Jon, Ellis Neville, Lawrence Carmen, Tuana Nancy, New Mark, Elrick-Barr Carmen, and Pandit Ram. 2017. Climate Change and Loss, as if People Mattered: Values, Places, and Experiences.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Climate Change Volume 8 Issue 5, 1-19, e476. doi: 10.1002/wcc.476
  • Tuana, Nancy.  2017. Climate change and place: Delimiting cosmopolitanism.  Wahman, J., Medina, J., and Stuhr, J. (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism and Place, Indiana University Press. 
  • Tuana, Nancy. 2017. Feminist Epistemology: The Subject of Knowledge, Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice, eds. Ian James Kidd, José Medina, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.  New York: Routledge
  • Bessette, Doug, Bryan Cwik, Lauren A. Mayer, Klaus Keller, Robert Lempert, and Nancy Tuana.  2017. Building a Values-informed Mental Model for New Orleans Climate Risk Management, Risk Analysis.  37,10: 1993–2004. doi: 10.1111/risa.1274313.
  • Mayer, Lauren A., Kathleen Loa, Bryan Cwik, Nancy Tuana, Klaus Keller, Chad Gonnerman, Andrew M. Parker, and Robert Lempert, 2017. Understanding scientists’ computational modeling decisions about climate risk management strategies using values-informed mental models, Global Environmental Change.  42: 107–116.
  • Scott, Charles and Nancy Tuana, 2017. Nepantla: Writing (from) the In-Between.  Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 31, 1: 1-15.
  • Tschakert, Petra, Nancy Tuana, Bettina Koelle, and Hege Westkog. 2016.  "TCHANGE: The Role of Values and Visioning in Transformation Science" Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20: 21-25.
  • Tuana, Nancy and Charles Scott.  2016. An Infused Dialogue, Part 1: Borders, Fusions and Influence, Journal of Speculative Philosophy.  30,1: 1-14.
  • Scott, Charles and Nancy Tuana.  2016. An Infused Dialogue, Part 2: The Power of Love without Objectivity, Journal of Speculative Philosophy.  30,1: 15-26.
  • Tuana, Nancy.  2016. The Values of Science Literacy.  Reconceptualizing STEM Education. edited by Richard A. Duschl and Amber S. Bismack. Routledge/Taylor Francis.
  • Tuana. Nancy 2016.  Climate Change through the Lens of Feminist Philosophy.  In Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Volume 317. Maria Cristina Amoretti, Nicla Vassallo (Eds.)  Dordrecht: Springer Press, pp. 35-54. 

Recent Grants

  • Penn State Strategic Plan Seed Grant Penn State Initiative for Resilient Communities (PSIRC): A Pilot to Develop Community-Based Solutions to Riverine Flooding, $250,000, Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 1/2019
  • Humanities Without Walls: The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate. Arendt on Earth: From the Archimedean Point to the Anthropocene, $138,360. Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 1/2018
  • NSF CNH-L  Visualizing Forest Futures Under Climate Uncertainty: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Decision Support Tools for Collaborative Decision Making, $1.7 million. Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 8/1/16
  • Worldwide University Network and Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia.  Non-market Loss and Damage Evaluation Under Climate Change, $30,000. Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 1/2015-12/2017
  • NSF Sustainability Research Network  Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies, $11.9 million. Tuana, Co-PI, Awarded 9/2012-10/2017