Public Philosophy Network

Encouraging and Supporting Publicly Engaged Philosophical Research and Practices

PPN Co-Directors

Co-Directors, elected March 15, 2013 at the PPN membership meeting. For CURRENT information about PPN, see the new website:  

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Co-Directors from 2013-2016:

(for 3 year term):

Noëlle McAfee is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in social and political philosophy and feminist theory. She received her PhD in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 with a dissertation on democratic agency in critical theory and French feminism. Her writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia 2008); Julia Kristeva (Routledge 2003); Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell 2000); and numerous articles and book chapters. Her co-edited volumes include a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory and an edited volume titled Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology (Kettering 2012). She is also co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network and the associate editor of the Kettering Review.  She has been an associate of the Kettering Foundation for over 20 years and also worked on projects funded by the Ford and MacArthur foundations. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Democracy Otherwise.


(for 18 month term):

Sharon M. Meagher, Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies and Professor of Philosophy at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.  She also has served as a director of an applied policy institute in Washington, DC, and as the founding president of an urban community development organization in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Meagher was a founding member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups.   A co-founder (with Ellen Feder) of the Public Philosophy Network (PPN), she currently serves as co-director.  The PPN is an international group of philosophers, students, independent scholars, and community-based activists who partner to do publicly engaged scholarship and projects.  Meagher holds an appointment as Visiting Professor in the master’s degree program on Gender, Culture, and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda.  Meagher has published on philosophy and the city, literature and ethics, community development, and feminist theory and policy.  Her publications include Women and Children First:  Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy (co-edited with Patrice DiQuinzio, Albany:  NY:  State University of New York Press, 2005) and Philosophy and the City:  Classic to Contemporary Writings (Albany, NY:  SUNY Press, 2008).  She is completing a monograph entitled “Philosophical Streetwalking:  Philosophy and Public Life,” under contract with SUNY Press.  An associate editor of the international journal CITY, she also edits and maintains her website, 







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