Prof. Fiona Jenkins, Ph.D. - Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor - Winter Term 2017/18


As a philosopher with wide-ranging interests in social and political questions Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins is a Reader in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University. After establishing the ANU Gender Institute, she was its Convenor from 2012 to 2015, combining academic and practical interests in gender equity. Her influential work on the status of women in Philosophy has developed into a wider concern with how excellence is measured in academia. She is the leader of the collaborative Australian Research Council Discovery project ‘Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences’, and a second project, which focuses on questions of political legitimacy and ways of resisting violence, is titled 'Sensate Democracy'.


Areas of Expertise

  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender Equity
  • ‘Excellence’ in Academia
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Nietzsche and Post-Nietzschean Philosophy


Course, Lecture and Conference as Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor

Gendered Excellence: The Disciplinary Contexts of Persistent Gender Inequalities

Compact Course, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, 26 October, 2 – 4 p.m., 23 and 24 November, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room: GBCF 04/255 (with Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert)


Understanding the Odds against Women in Academy: Unconscious Bias v. Gendered Excellence

Inaugural Lecture at the Colloquium of the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, 15 November 2017, 4 p.m., Room: GC 04/45


Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities? Interrogating the Paradigm of Excellence in Academia

International Workshop at Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr University Bochum, 8 – 10 November 2017

with a Keynote of Prof. Fiona Jenkins titled ‘Equality and Excellence: A Happy Marriage of Terms?’


The programme can be found here.

Selected Publications

Jenkins, Fiona. 2017. Discriminating Well: On Excellence in Philosophy and Ways of Seeing Disciplinary Space. Rivista di Estetica 64 (1): 103–117.

Jenkins, Fiona, and Helen Keane. 2014. Gender and Feminism in the Social Sciences: Equity, Excellence and Knowledge in the Disciplines. Australian Feminist Studies 29 (80): 107–114.


Jenkins, Fiona. 2014. Gendered Hierarchies of Knowledge and the Prestige Factor: How Philosophy Survives Market Rationality. In Through a Glass Darkly: The Social Sciences Look at the Neoliberal University, ed. by Margaret Thornton, 49–62. Canberra: ANU Press.

Jenkins, Fiona. 2013. Singing the Post-discrimination Blues: Note for a Critique of Academic Meritocracy. In Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change? ed. by Fiona Jenkins & Katrina Hutchison, 81–102. New York: Oxford University Press.


Here you can download our poster and the flyer.