Emily C. McWilliams
Asst. Professor (Duke Kunshan University)
Dr. Emily McWilliams is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and a member of the founding faculty cohort at Duke Kunshan University. There, she teaches a variety of different disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, and has enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to building a global, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 2016.
Dr. McWilliams’ research starts from the idea that the processes by which we form beliefs are often played out interpersonally, by individuals with complex social identities. Given this, McWilliams investigates how social and political factors like social power and authority can impact the way that people reason, and asks what we can do about it. Her work draws on research in epistemology and feminist philosophy, on interdisciplinary scholarship in women’s and gender studies, and on empirical work in the cognitive sciences.