Rebecca S Whisnant

Associate Professor; Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy

Profile

Dr. Whisnant's primary research is in ethical theory and feminist social theory. She received her M.A. and Ph.D in philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2001-2003, she taught at the University of Southern Indiana, and she joined the University of Dayton in fall 2003. Dr. Whisnant is the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Faculty Perspective

I especially enjoy research and teaching that is interdisciplinary and that combines my interests in philosophical thinking and social justice. It is a privilege to be able to introduce students to perspectives and ways of thinking that bear directly on their own lives and choices.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

Research Interests

  • Ethical theory
  • Feminist social theory
  • Sexual ethics
  • Ethics of war and peace
  • Ethics of reproduction
  • Nonviolence theory
  • Morality and self-concern
  • Sexual violence and exploitation

Selected Publications

"From Jekyll to Hyde: The Grooming of Male Pornography Consumers" in Karen Boyle, ed., Everyday Pornography (Routledge 2010)

"'A Woman's Body is Like a Foreign Country': Thinking About National and Bodily Sovereignty," in Whisnant and DesAutels, eds., Global Feminist Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield 2008).

Rebecca Whisnant and Peggy DesAutels, eds., Global Feminist Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield 2008).

Rebecca Whisnant and Christine Stark, eds., Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography (Spinifex Press 2004).

"Woman Centered: A Feminist Ethic of Responsibility," in Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, edited by Margaret Walker and Peggy DesAutels (Rowman and Littlefield 2004).