Associate Professor (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy)

Portrait of Carla FehrAreas of interest

Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, socially relevant philosophy of science, equity in STEM

Areas of graduate supervision

  • Coupled epistemic – ethical roles of diversity in STEM
  • Exploitation, objectification, and diversity in epistemic communities
  • Science policy advising
  • University equity policies
  • Equitable workplace cultures
  • Evolutionary accounts of sex and gender
  • Emotion and science
  • Canine-human relationships

Current research

My research explores how scientific values such as objectivity and creativity, and ethical values such as fostering just, equitable, and respectful human (and animal) interactions can support and reinforce each other and help people meet a wide range of goals.

Selected publications

  • Fehr, C., 2012, “Feminist Engagement with Evolutionary Psychology, Hypatia, 27 (1): 50–72.
  • Fehr, C., 2011. "Feminist Philosophy of Biology", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
  • Fehr, C., 2011. “What is in it for me? The benefits of diversity in scientific communities,” in Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Power in Knowledge, ed. Heidi Grasswick, Dordrecht: Springer.

Selected grants, fellowships, awards

  • Excellence and Gender Equity in Science and Technology,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant, Principal Investigator, 2018, $25,000
  • Engendering Success in STEM: A Research Consortium for Gender Equality in Science and Technology” Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant, co-applicant, 2016, $2.5 million
  • “Comprehensive Institutional Intervention Strategy at Iowa State University,” National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, co-Principal Investigator, 2006-2011, $3.3 million


Contact information
519-888-4567  x41386
Office: HH 332

University of Waterloo

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