Emily Grosholz

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Emily Rolfe Grosholz (born 1950 Philadelphia) is an American poet and philosopher. She is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English, and a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, at the Pennsylvania State University.[1]

She was the 2011 Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson '25 Poetry Chair, at Buffalo Seminary in March 2011.[2]

From September 2011 through January 2012, at REHSEIS / SPHERE / CNRS and University of Paris Diderot - Paris 7 she was a senior researcher, with a 'Research in Paris 2011' grant from the city of Paris.[3]


She was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Chicago, with a B.A. in 1972, and Yale University with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1978.[4]

She was a 1988 Guggenheim Fellow,.[5] She held National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships in 1985 and in 2004,[6] and American Council of Learned Societies fellowships in 1982 and 1997.[7]

She has served as an advisory editor for the Hudson Review since 1984.[8] and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Ideas since 1998, a member of the editorial board of Studia Leibnitiana since 2002, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Humanistic Mathematics since 2010.[9] She is a member of the Directive Committee of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice.

She is married to the medievalist Robert R. Edwards, with whom she has four children.





  • Emily Grosholz, James Stewart and Bernard Bell (Eds), W. E. B. Du Bois on Race and Culture, Routledge, 1996, ISBN 0-415-91556-2
  • Emily Grosholz (Ed), Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry of Maxine Kumin, University Press of New England, 1997, ISBN 978-0-87451-784-2
  • Emily Grosholz and Herbert Breger (Eds), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge, Kluwer, 1999, ISBN 0-7923-6151-2
  • Emily Grosholz (Ed), The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, Oxford University Press, 2004 / 2008, ISBN 0-19-926535-6
  • Emily Grosholz, Carlo Cellucci and Emiliano Ippoliti (Eds), Logic and Knowledge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4438-3008-9
  • Emily Grosholz (Ed), Studia Leibnitiana, Band 44, Heft 1 (2012), Franz Steiner Verlag, ISSN 0039-3185 (Special issue on Leibniz, Time and History)


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