Hypatia (journal)

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Cover of Hypatia.jpeg
Discipline Feminist philosophy
Language English
Edited by Sally Scholz
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0887-5367 (print)
1527-2001 (web)
LCCN 87655721
OCLC no. 243426299
JSTOR 08875367

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering feminist philosophy. It is published quarterly by Wiley-Blackwell. The editor-in-chief is Sally Scholz, who is serving a five-year term from 2013 to 2018. Book reviews are published by Hypatia Reviews Online.[1]

The journal is owned by a non-profit corporation, Hypatia, Inc. Miriam Solomon (Temple University) has been president of the board of directors since 2016.[2][3]

Azizah Y. al-Hibri founded Hypatia in 1982 as a "piggy back" issue of the Women's Studies International Forum.[4] The journal is named after Hypatia of Alexandria, a philosopher who was murdered by a mob in 415 CE.[5][6] It became an independent journal in 1986.

Hypatia's associate editors became involved in a damaging dispute in April 2017 when they failed to support a Hypatia author who came under attack on social media.[7][8][9][10][11][12] The dispute was triggered by an article in that year's spring edition that argued in favour of accepting transracialism by comparing it to changing gender expression.[13]


Hypatia has its roots in the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP). One of SWIP's earliest ideas was that it would establish a philosophy journal. The thought of "a journal of our own" was very powerful, according to Kathryn Morgan (University of Toronto) speaking in 2009. Female philosophers needed a home where they could speak to each other, one that was "relatively safe from a critical point of view".[14] Women's Studies International Forum agreed to publish the new journal as an annual "piggy back" issue of its own, which it did for three years,[4] and distributed 10,000 brochures to its mailing list advertising the new journal.[14]

Azizah Y. al-Hibri, the first editor, pictured in 2012

Azizah Y. al-Hibri became the first editor in 1982, after she completed her PhD in philosophy and just as she was starting her first year at law school.[4] The philosophy and women's studies departments at the University of Pennsylvania offered support in the form of an office and research assistance.[5][15] Donna Serniak (University of Pennsylvania) was responsible for the first issue.[16]

The journal is named after Hypatia of Alexandria, a mathematician and philosopher who was murdered by a mob in 415 CE. Al-Hibri said that the SWIP editorial board chose the name to reflect that women have "deep roots in philosophy".[5] According to Linda López McAlister, the idea for the name came from Sue Larson (Barnard College) during a meeting of Eastern SWIP at the college in 1973. Sandra Harding, who was at the meeting, objected, thinking it awful to name a feminist philosophy journal after a woman who had been "stoned to death for telling the truth".[17] The first suggestion was Hypatia: A Journal of Philosophy and Feminism, rather than A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, because at the time it was unclear what feminist philosophy might consist of.[18]


Hypatia Inc.[edit]

Miriam Solomon, president of the board of directors[19]

The journal is owned by a non-profit corporation, Hypatia Inc., registered in April 2008 in the State of Washington, and run by a board of directors.[9][2] The purpose of the non-profit is "to foster feminist scholarship in philosophy and related fields, including through the publication of the academic journal Hypatia". As of May 2017 the board consisted of Miriam Solomon (president), Lisa Tessman (chair), Elizabeth S. Anderson, Leslie Francis (treasurer), and Heidi Grasswick (secretary).[19]

In addition to the board of directors and the journal's staff, there is a 25-member editorial board, a board of 10 associate editors, 12 local editorial advisors, and an advisory board with 10 members.[20]


Editors-in-chief serve five-year terms. Sally Scholz (Villanova University) has been the editor since 2013.[20] She is supported by the managing editor, Miranda Pilipchuk, a PhD student at Villanova, and Shelley Wilcox, professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University, who edits Hypatia Reviews Online.

The following persons have been editor-in-chief of the journal:

Editorial board[edit]

The editorial board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the journal, including the solicitation of articles, and management of the peer-review process.[2] Typically the members serve 5 years terms, and are expected to serve two terms. As of May 2017, the editorial board consisted of:

Board of associate editors[edit]

The board of associate editors appoints the editors-in-chief, advises on editorial policy, helps to find and review submissions, and elects new associate editors.[2] As of May 2017 the associate editors were:

"In Defense of Transracialism" article[edit]

Hypatia became embroiled in a dispute in April 2017 that pointed to turmoil within its editorial team, as well as a rift within feminism and academy philosophy.[9][12][11] The journal, after the standard double-anonymous peer review, published an article, "In Defense of Transracialism" comparing the case of Caitlyn Jenner to that of Rachel Dolezal.[13] The author, Rebecca Tuvel (Rhodes College), argued that "[s]ince we should accept transgender individuals' decisions to change sexes, we should also accept transracial individuals' decisions to change races."[13]:264

The article was criticized from 28 April on Facebook and Twitter, and Tuvel became the target of personal attacks. On 29 April an open letter began to circulate, urging that the article be retracted and listing Alexis Shotwell, a member of Hypatia's editorial board, as its point of contact.[7][22][20] The top five signatories were Elise Springer (Wesleyan University), Alexis Shotwell (Carleton University), Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory University), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University; co-editor of Hypatia 2008–2010 and member of Tuvel's dissertation committee in 2014), and Shannon Winnubst (Ohio State University).[7][22][23] Cressida Heyes, an Hypatia associate editor, responded on 30 April by posting an apology on Facebook—first on her own page and on 1 May on Hypatia's—signed by "a majority of the Hypatia's Board of Associated Editors".[24] The apology said the article should not have been published.[7] On 2 May the open letter, by then with 830 signatories, was delivered to the editor-in-chief, Sally Scholz.[19]

Scholz responded that she stood by the article, that the associate editors had published the apology independently, and that the matter had been referred to the Committee on Publication Ethics.[9] Hypatia Inc.'s board of directors confirmed on 18 May that the article would not be retracted.[19] The apology remained on Hypatia's Facebook page, although it was updated on 25 May to say: "The statement below, written by the Associate Editorial Board of Hypatia, does not represent the views of the journal's Editor or Board of Directors."[24] The philosopher of law Brian Leiter wrote that he had "never seen anything like this in academic philosophy". Jesse Singal of New York magazine called the episode a "massive internet witch-hunt".[7]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

Hypathia is abstracted and indexing in the following bibliographic databases:[25]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 1.038.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About", Hypatia Reviews Online.
  2. ^ a b c d "Hypatia governance", adopted 26 June 2009 by the Hypatia editors and associate editors, Hypatia.
  3. ^ "Miriam Solomon: Curriculum vitae", Temple University, 15.
  4. ^ a b c Azizah Y. al-Hibri (22 October 2009). "A Journal of Her Own: Hypatia Founders and Editors", 25th Anniversary Conference: Feminist Legacies/Feminist Futures, University of Washington, courtesy of Vimeo, 00:05:50–00:08:15.
  5. ^ a b c al-Hibri (2009), from 00:08:57.
  6. ^ Michael Deakin (24 January 2017). "Hypatia", Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  7. ^ a b c d e Jesse Singal (2 May 2017). "This Is What a Modern-Day Witch Hunt Looks Like". New York Magazine. 
  8. ^ Suzanna Danuta Walters (5 May 2017). "Academe’s Poisonous Call-Out Culture", The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  9. ^ a b c d Lindsay McKenzie, Adam Harris, and Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz (6 May 2017). "A Journal Article Provoked a Schism in Philosophy. Now the Rifts Are Deepening.", The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  10. ^ Kelly Oliver (7 May 2017). "If this is feminism", The Philosophical Salon (Los Angeles Review of Books).
  11. ^ a b Rogers Brubaker (18 May 2017). "The Uproar Over ‘Transracialism’", The New York Times.
  12. ^ a b Jennifer Schuessler (19 May 2017). "A Defense of ‘Transracial’ Identity Roils Philosophy World", The New York Times.
  13. ^ a b c Rebecca Tuvel (29 March 2017). "In Defense of Transracialism". Hypatia. 32 (2): 263–278. doi:10.1111/hypa.12327Freely accessible. 
  14. ^ a b "Interview with Hypatia Founders and Editors", 25th Anniversary Conference: Feminist Legacies/Feminist Futures, University of Washington, 24 October 2009, from 00:08:45.
  15. ^ Azizah Y. Al-Hibri and Margaret A. Simons (eds.) (1990). Hypatia Reborn: Essays in Feminist Philosophy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  16. ^ al-Hibri (2009), from 00:11:30.
  17. ^ Hypatia founders and editors, 2009, from 00:02:50.
  18. ^ Hypatia founders and editors, 2009, from 00:05:45.
  19. ^ a b c d Elizabeth Anderson, et al. (18 May 2017). "Statement From Hypatia Board Regarding Tuvel Controversy", Daily Nous.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Hypatia Editorial Board", Hypatia.
  21. ^ "Hypata Honor Roll", Hypatia.
  22. ^ a b "Open letter to Hypatia", Google Docs. Archived 2 May 2017 at 16:46:03 and 20:28:51 UTC.
  23. ^ "Title page for ETD etd-07102014-161455", Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 16 May 2017.

    Rebecca Tuvel (August 2014). Epistemic Injustice Expanded: A Feminist, Animal Studies Approach, Vanderbilt University.

  24. ^ a b Cressida Heyes (30 April 2017). "To our friends and colleagues in feminist philosophy", Heyes' Facebook page (WebCite).

    Cressida Heyes (1 May 2017). "To our friends and colleagues in feminist philosophy", Hypatia's Facebook page. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

  25. ^ "Overwiew". Hypathia. Wiley-Blackwell. 
  26. ^ a b c d "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  27. ^ "Source details: Hypatia". Scopus preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  28. ^ "Hypatia". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2017. 

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