Adele Watkins

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Primarily interested in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and philosophy of race.

I am primarily interested in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and philosophy of race; I also have a strong interest in social epistemology. I earned my Ph.D. in 2023 from Princeton University. Prior to Princeton, I completed my undergraduate work at Wellesley College, at which I participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

In my free time, I enjoy doting on my two cats and terrier mix, walking long distances, and vegetarian cooking.

Current and upcoming courses

  • Christine Blasey Ford, Anita Hill, Rachel Jeantel, and Amber Heard each testified to having witnessed or experienced violence or harassment at the hands of a man. Despite their informed testimony, each was met with skepticism and disbelief by the public. What might explain the mismatch between the expertise of Ford, Hill, Jeantel, and Heard and the skeptical reception of their reports? We might think that their identities, particularly their gender and race, play some role. In this course, we will investigate how aspects of identity affect how we share and receive knowledge. Particularly, we will explore epistemic harms which uniquely or disproportionately affect marginalized knowers. These topics include epistemic injustice, epistemic exploitation, gaslighting, epistemic oppression, and microaggressions. Questions we will consider include: what is it for a person to be harmed in her capacity as a knower? Can institutions gaslight; can groups be gaslighted? What avenues of epistemic resistance are available to targets of microaggressions, epistemic exploitation, etc.? Are certain epistemic privileges available to marginalized knowers? We will read authors such as Kristie Dotson, José Medina, and Miranda Fricker.