Alison Duncan Kerr is a feminist philosopher, whose research focuses on emotion theory and the many ways in which emotions contribute to our overall rationality. Kerr also has research interests in gender, love and sex, logic, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to starting at the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Autumn 2023, Kerr worked at The Work Inclusion Project, where she contributed to groundbreaking equality work in Higher Education. Prior to that, Kerr was the Founding Director of The St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies and its related Master's Programme, as a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews.
Kerr received her PhD from The Ohio State University, writing a dissertation entitled “Affective Rationality” under the supervision of Professor Justin D’Arms (chair), and Professor William Cunningham, Professor Richard Samuels, and Professor Sigrún Svavarsdóttir. Before that, she received her MA from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, writing a thesis entitled “Beyond the Meaning of ‘Meaning’: Rigidity and Semantic Externalism.” And, before that she spent two years at the University of Oregon and then transferred and got her undergraduate degree from Smith College.
Theory of Emotions
Gender, Love, and Sex
Theories of Rationality
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
Kerr, Alison Duncan and Rebecca Jiggens "Regulation, Resistance and Resurrection"., Bennett, Marie Josephine Shadrack, Jasmine Hazel Levy, Gary (ed.). Embodying the Music and Death Nexus: Consolations, Salvations and Transformations. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 2022, 125-141. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80117-766-520221009
Kerr, Alison Duncan and Kevin Scharp. "The End of Vagueness: Technological Epistemicism, Surveillance Capitalism, and Explainable Artificial Intelligence". Minds and Machines. 2022, 32(3). 585-611. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11023-022-09609-7
Kerr, Alison Duncan "To Envy an Algorithm". Protasi, Sara (editors). The Moral Psychology of Envy. Chapter 11, Moral Psychology of the Emotions. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2022.
Kerr, Alison Duncan. "A Plea for KR". Synthese. 2021, 198(4). 3047-3071. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02265-y
Kerr, Alison Duncan "Artificial Intelligence, Gender, and Oppression"., Filho, Walter Leal, Azul, Anabela Marisa Brandli, Luciana Salvia, Amanda Lange Wall, Tony (ed.). Gender Equality. Chapter 107, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer. 2021, 54-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95687-9_107