Dr. Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.

Gaile Pohlhaus

Professor & Graduate Director

Hall Auditorium Room 224
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056


  • Ph.D. Stony Brook University
  • B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

Teaching Interests

On the graduate and advanced undergraduate level I teach courses in Feminist Philosophy, Critical Epistemology, and Wittgenstein. Every spring I teach a 300 level undergraduate course in feminist theory.

My courses tend to be discussion oriented and very interactive. I am guided by the principle that one of the best ways to learn philosophy is by engaging in careful philosophical discussion.

One of the things I love best about teaching philosophy is bringing questions on which I am actively working to my students. I also like to diagram and puzzle through arguments.

Courses Taught

PHL 103 | Theories of Human Nature
PHL 131 | Intro to Ethics
PHL 355 | Feminist Theory
PHL 221 | Metaphysics and Epistemology

Graduate Seminars

Feminist Epistemologies
Social Epistemology
Material Feminisms
Agency, Identity, and Social Position
Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
Graduate Research Seminar

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the intersection of Epistemology and Social and Political Philosophy. In particular I am interested in questions of knowledge and identity in light of differences in social position. My work draws on feminist and critical race theorists, both analytic and continental. In addition I work on and in the spirit of the later Wittgenstein insofar as he sought to avoid both foundationalist and relativist tendencies in philosophizing.

Selected Publications

  • The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice, co-edited with I.J. Kidd and J. Medina (Routledge, 2017)
  • “Knowing without Borders and the Work of Epistemic Gathering” in Decolonizing Feminism: Transnational Feminism and Globalization ed. McLaren (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
  • “Propaganda, Inequality, and Epistemic Movement” Theoria 2016 (31) 3: 345-356
  • “Making Sense of Wittgenstein’s Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury’s Wittgenstein” coauthored with M. Detloff in Queer Bloomsbury ed by B. Helt and M. Detloff (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • “Different Voices, Perfect Storms, and Asking Grandma What She Thinks: Situating Experimental Philosophy in Relation to Feminist Philosophy” Feminist Philosophical Quarterly 2015 (1)1:article 3
  • “Discerning the primary epistemic harm in cases of testimonial injustice” Social Epistemology 2014 (28)2: 99-114