MA, PhD Princeton; BA Rochester
Jenny just recently (August 2019) moved to Waterloo after 24 years at the University of Sheffield, where she remains part-time. Her primary interests are in Philosophy of Language, Feminism, Philosophy of Race, and Philosophy of Psychology. She is currently working on racism in political speech, a topic which has kept her extremely busy recently. Her current project-- perhaps a book, perhaps a series of papers-- is tentatively entitled "Pragmatics in the Age of Trump and Brexit".
Jenny's most recent book was Lying, Misleading and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics (Oxford University Press 2012). This argues that considering the distinction between lying and misleading-- which seems to many an ethically significant one-- can help to shed new light on methodological disputes in philosophy of language over notions like what is said, semantic content, assertion, impliciture, and expliciture. She also argues that careful attention to the way that communication works can shed new light on the ethical issues. (And she considers some fascinating real-world cases, feeding her lifelong obsession with political scandals but also branching out into such excellent topics as the Jesuit doctrine of Mental Reservation.)
Jenny was Director of the (2011-2013) Leverhulme-funded Implicit Bias and Philosophy Project. She has published two co-edited volumes on implicit bias with Michael Brownstein (Oxford University Press 2016). and she continues to lecture widely on this topic to a range of audiences. She is especially interested in helping institutions find methods to combat both implicit and explicit biases, and she frequently advises on this topic.
With Helen Beebee, she published a report for the British Philosophical Association and SWIP UK entitled "Women in Philosophy in the UK: A Report". This report presents the first ever study of the gender imbalance in UK philosophy and provides a list of recommendations to combat it. Also with Helen Beebee, she authored guidelines for good practice on gender issues in philosophy-- these can be found at the BPA website, as the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. Jenny co-founded the long-running but now-defunct blog Feminist Philosophers, and the blog What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy.
Jenny is now Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy of Language at the University of Waterloo, but she remains part-time at the University of Sheffield. She is currently Chair of the Analysis Committee, and President of the Mind Association. From 2009-2019, she was Director of the Society for Women UK. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award from the Society for Women in Philosophy in Washington, DC. Yet her proudest accomplishment remains having been a consultant on a zombie movie script.