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Nancy Tuana

DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy
and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
240 Sparks Building
(814) 865-1653


Ph.D., University of California

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

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

Administrative Position

Recent Books

  • Racial Climates, Ecological Indifference: An Ecointersectional Approach. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022 
  • Nancy Tuana and Charles Scott, Beyond Philosophy: Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa.  Indiana University Press, 2020.

Recent 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, Volume 8, Issue 1-2,  2020.
  • Race in the Age of the Anthropocene, with Robert Bernasconi, Critical Philosophy of Race, Volume 7, Issue 1, 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. 

Recent Grants

  • NSF Coastlines and People Program 
    • Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, $19.9 million 
    • Tuana, Senior Personnel and Subaward PI (subaward total, $981,882) Awarded 8/2022
  • 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



Nancy Tuana
Nancy Tuana