Ann E. Cudd

Ann E. Cudd is Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. In her role as dean, she is tasked with setting the agenda for the future of the College’s research and curricular development, and the study of climate change and sustainability is among her highest priorities. A champion of the arts and sciences, she has been instrumental in launching a dialogue among Boston colleges and universities about the importance of liberal education. Prior to joining BU in 2015, Cudd was Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Among other roles during her 27 years at KU, she directed the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and served as associate dean for the humanities in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Her award-winning 2006 book, Analyzing Oppression (Oxford University Press), examines the economic, social, and psychological causes and effects of oppression. Her recent work concerns the moral value of capitalism, conceptions of domestic violence in international law, and the injustice of educational inequality.  She received her BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Swarthmore College and an MA in Economics and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.