Alison Duncan Kerr


I recently received a PhD in philosophy from The Ohio State University. I got an MA from University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and my undergraduate degree is from Smith College. 

My primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and metaethics, with a focus on the emotions. My dissertation offers a substantive theory of emotional rationality together with detailed accounts of several particular emotional rationality assessments.


While I have a wide range of interests in philosophy, my current research focuses primarily on the emotions. I am interested in how emotions impact an agent’s overall rationality and the connection between emotions and emotion regulation, deliberation, and reasons. Here is my Research Statement.


I really enjoy teaching and I have extensive teaching experience in a diverse range of classroom settings. I have taught introductory courses, upper-level courses, courses with mostly majors, courses that satisfy general education requirements, courses with a small number of students, lecture courses with an assigned grader, classes that meet during the day, and evening classes. I have a teaching statement and some sample syllabi: Informal Logic, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Mind, Philosophical Perspectives of Gender, and Philosophy of Sex and Love.


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Department of Philosophy
The Ohio State University
314F University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

Alison Duncan Kerr