Diversity in Philosophy Journals

The Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) will include a session on diversity in philosophy journals, with several speakers and an additional panel consisting of representatives from nearly 20 academic philosophy journals.

The session is the idea of the Demographics in Philosophy Project (which you can follow on Twitter and Facebook). It will be “an opportunity for editors of philosophy journals and other APA members to talk about ways to increase submission and publication rates of underrepresented groups in philosophy,” according to Nicole Hassoun (Binghamton), executive director of the project. She sent along a description of the session:

Our main goal is to consider ways of increasing diversity in philosophical journals while continuing to uphold philosophy’s high professional standards. We recognize that most philosophy journal editors are committed to publishing high quality work from diverse groups and on diverse topics, yet the low submission and publication rates for women and historically underrepresented groups show a disconnection between practice and purpose. To accurately present all sides of this important issue, we are creating a round-table of journal editors and experts on the demography of philosophy. We hope to learn more about your first-hand experiences in cultivating inclusive editorial practices. We will make the general results of this discussion publicly available to members of the discipline, so that we can work together to make sense of our publishing and submission practices, and possibly work toward a list of “best practices”.

To date, editors from 26 leading philosophy journals have committed to being involved as panelists or audience members; and we expect a large and diverse audience of other interested philosophers who will bring together different perspectives and different types of expertise.

We want to have a wide range of viewpoints on this issue represented during the session, and we want to hear editors’ opinions about what is likely to be, and is likely not to be, good practice.  We hope to general some concrete, implementable ideas about how to move the field forward in a way that improves both quality and diversity in philosophy.

The panel is scheduled for Thursday March 29, 2018 from 9am-noon. The current roster of participants is below.

photo by Brittany Wright


  • Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California at Riverside)


  • Liam Kofi Bright (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Sherri Lynn Conklin (University of California at Santa Barbara)
  • Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Nicole Hassoun (SUNY Binghamton and Cornell University)
  • Manyul Im (University of Bridgeport)
  • Meena Krishnamurthy (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)
  • Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University)


  • Bruce Barry (Vanderbilt University and editor in chief of Business Ethics Quarterly)
  • Christian Barry (Australian National University and co-editor of Journal of Political Philosophy)
  • David Boonin (University of Colorado at Boulder and editor of Public Affairs Quarterly)
  • Otavio Bueno (University of Miami and editor in chief of Synthese)
  • Stewart M. Cohen (University of Arizona and editor in chief of Philosophical Studies)
  • Graeme Forbes (University of Colorado at Boulder and editor in chief of Linguistics and Philosophy)
  • Peter J. Graham (University of California at Riverside and associate editor of Journal of the American Philosophical Association)
  • Stephen Hetherington (University of New South Wales and editor in chief of Australasian Journal of Philosophy)
  • David Hunter (Ryerson University and editor in chief of Canadian Journal of Philosophy)
  • Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University and editor in chief of Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal)
  • Franklin Perkins (University of Hawai’i and editor in chief of Philosophy East and West)
  • Henry Richardson (Georgetown University and editor in chief of Ethics)
  • Achille Varzi (Columbia University and editor in chief of Journal of Philosophy)
  • Andrea Woody (University of Washington and editor in chief of Philosophy of Science)
  • Jack Zupko (University of Alberta and editor in chief of Journal of the History of Philosophy)
  • and representatives to be determined from ErgoHypatia, Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophy and Public Affairs


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