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Sally J. Scholz


Ph.D. 1993, Philosophy
MA 1991, Philosophy

Department Chair & Professor, Philosophy, Villanova University

Sally J. Scholz is Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Her research is in social and political philosophy and feminist theory.  Among her publications include the books On de Beauvoir (Wadsworth 2000), On Rousseau (Wadsworth 2001), Political Solidarity (Penn State Press 2008) and Feminism: A Beginner’s Guide (One World 2010).  She co-edited Peacemaking: Lessons from the Past, Vision for the Future (with Judith Presler) (Rodopi 200); The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘Les Mandarins’ (with Shannon Mussett) (SUNY 2005); and Philosophical Perspectives on Democracy in the 21st Century (with Ann Cudd) (Springer 2014).

She has published articles on violence against women, oppression, and just war theory among other topics.  Scholz is a former editor of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (July 2003-June 2008)former co-editor of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (August 2006-2011), a special issue editor of Hypatia on Crossing Borders (Vol. 28.2), and former editor of Hypatia (2013-2017).

She is also a leader in the profession, serving as chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research (2011-2014), as well as the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession (2015-2018). She is President of the North American Society for Social Philosophy (2015-2019). 

Scholz is married to Christopher Kilby, a professor of Economics at Villanova. They have two children, Tessa Scholz Kilby (19) and Luke Scholz Kilby (18).