Ann Cahill

Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion-Religion/Phil. 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5703

Brief Biography

Ann J. Cahill received her PhD in philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook.  She joined the faculty of Elon in 1997, and is currently Professor of Philosophy.


BA from College of the Holy Cross, PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook

Courses Taught

Critical Thinking, Philosophy of the Body, Feminist Philosophy, Integrative Tutorial (philosophy senior seminar), Methods of Philosophical Inquiry

Leadership Positions

Director of the Lumen Prize


Overcoming Objectification: A Carnal Ethics.  Routledge (2010).

French Feminists: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: de Beauvoir, Kristeva, Cixous, and Irigaray.  Co-edited with Jennifer Hansen.  Routledge (2007).

Continental Feminism Reader.  Co-edited with Jennifer Hansen.  Rowman & Littlefield (2003).

Rethinking Rape.  Cornell University Press (2001).

“The Difference Sameness Makes: Objectification, Sex Work, and Queerness.”  Hypatia (forthcoming, 2014).

“Recognition, Desire, and Unjust Sex.”  Hypatia (forthcoming, 2014).

“Difference, Beauvoir, and Irigaray: A Reply to Pohlhaus.”  Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3(2), 2014, 66-70.

“Argumentation Step by Step: Learning Critical Thinking through Deliberative Practice,” (co-authored with Stephen Bloch-Schulman), Teaching Philosophy 35(1), March 2012, 41-62.  Winner of the biennial Lenssen Prize for best research article regarding teaching and learning in philosophy (2014).


“Justice vs. Care: Confidentiality in the Context of Sexual Violence Response.” Co-presented with Dr. Brooke Barnett and Ms. Leigh-Anne Royster at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, FL, February 6-8, 2014.

“The Liberal Arts and Epistemic Humility.” Presented as part of a panel sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa at the Faculty Resource Network, Miami, FL, November 22-24, 2013. 

“Miscarriage and Intercorporeality.”  Presented at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene, OR, October 23-26, 2013.

“Making Philosophical Thinking Manifest through Think Alouds.”  Presented with Stephen Bloch-Schulman at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Raleigh, NC, October 2-5, 2013.

“Challenging the Culture of Sexual Violence: Moral Literacy and Sexual Empowerment as Tools of Transformation.”  Co-facilitated workshop with Dr. Sarah Clark Miller and Ms. Cori Wong at Advancing Public Philosophy Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 14-16, 2013. 

“Recognition, Desire, and Unjust Sex.”  Presented at St. Lawrence University as part of the MacKay Symposium in Philosophy, Canton, NY, February 8, 2013. 


Professional Activities

Member of: American Philosophical Association, Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Society for Women in Philosophy, American Association of Philosophical Teachers, Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy

Service Activities

Chair of the Sexual Assault and Gender Issues Council; active member of Phi Beta Kappa; member of the Process Advocate and Education Teams of the Inclusive Community Council.


2014 Lenssen Prize, for article co-authored with Dr. Stephen Bloch-Schulman (awarded by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers to the best paper concerning teaching and learning in philosophy published in the two years prior to the award)

Elon College Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2011)

Distinguished Scholar Award, Elon University (2011)