GS3 Speakers

Prof Carla Fehr

Prof Carla Fehr, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)Associate Professor, (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy), Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Carla Fehr PhD works in the areas of socially relevant philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and feminist epistemology. Her research examines the social nature of scientific research. Simply put, she argues that diversity promotes excellence. Scientific communities that include members from a diversity of social and material locations, and members who hold different theoretical perspectives, facilitate research that is more creative, more rigorous, and better able to meet the needs of a wide range of publics and policy makers, than homogeneous scientific communities. This means that research communities ought to value diversity not only for ethical and political reasons, but also because it makes our science better. Dr. Fehr was a co-PI for a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant at Iowa State University from 2006 to 2011.  She is a founder of the American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women, Site Visit Program. This program is a resource for philosophy departments across the US and Canada who would like to improve the climate for women philosophers. Dr. Fehr is the Co-chair of the Association for Feminist Epistemology, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies and the Chair of the Status of Women and Equity Committee at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Fehr acted as Discussant in the "Diversity and Gatekeepers in STEM Participation" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.