Quill Kukla

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Quill R. Kukla
Rebecca Kukla

Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
Known forBioethics, epistemology, philosophy of language, feminist philosophy
Scientific career
InstitutionsGeorgetown University
Doctoral advisorJohn Haugeland

Quill Kukla (previously known as Rebecca Kukla) is a Canadian and American philosopher. They are Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. They are also Humboldt Research Scholar at Leibniz University Hannover for 2020 and 2021.[1] They are known for their work in bioethics, analytic epistemology, philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy.[2]


Kukla received their BA in philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1990, and their PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where their supervisor was John Haugeland.[3] Kukla held various academic appointments in the United States and Canada before taking up their current post at Georgetown; these include Johns Hopkins University, Queen's University at Kingston, Carleton University (where they held a tenured appointment), and the University of South Florida. At the latter, they were Professor in both the Department of Philosophy and in the School of Medicine.[3] Kukla is Editor-in-Chief of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and former Editor-in-Chief of Public Affairs Quarterly. They were formerly co-coordinator of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Network. They are currently finishing an MA in Geography at CUNY.

Kukla has been interviewed about their work in various venues, including 3AM,[4] Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, and Quartz. Their work on historical, cultural, and political attitudes towards bodies, especially those of mothers and pregnant women - found in their book, Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies - has led to them being interviewed or authoring media articles on topics including the culture of pregnancy,[5][6] sexual fetish,[7] and attitudes towards race and obesity.[8] They are a vocal defender of women and ethnic and other minorities, especially in academia, and has been interviewed in the media on this topic.[9][10]

Kukla is a certified sommelier[2] and a competitive boxer and powerlifter. They have won national and state-level medals in powerlifting.[11]



R. Kukla and M. Lance, 'Yo!' and 'Lo!': The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2009).

R. Kukla, Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture and Mothers' Bodies. (Lanham, MD:Rowman and Littlefield 2005).

Edited books

J. Arras, R. Kukla, and E. Fenton , ed. A Routledge Companion to Bioethics. : Routledge, 2012.

R. Kukla, ed. Aesthetics and Cognition in Kant's Critical Philosophy . : Cambridge University Press, 2006.


Kukla has published widely in social epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of the applied sciences especially geography and medicine, and feminist and anti-oppressive philosophy. For a full list of their articles, see their institutional website.


Rebecca Kukla, Creativity, and the Social Constitution of the Subject : Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh : 1995


  1. ^ "Visiting scholars at the Institute of Philosophy".
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca Kukla, PhD » the Kennedy Institute of Ethics".
  3. ^ a b "CV" (PDF). kennedyinstitute.georgetown.edu. 2014.
  4. ^ "The relentless naturalist -". 2013-05-27.
  5. ^ "Are all women born to be mothers?".
  6. ^ "How "Pickles and Ice Cream" Became the Iconic "Crazy" Snack for Pregnant Women". 2018-04-18.
  7. ^ "Inside the Lactation Fetish That Imagines Women as Cows". 2018-04-24.
  8. ^ "Eric Garner and the Value of Black Obese Bodies". 2014-12-17.
  9. ^ "One spreadsheet reveals the horrifying ubiquity of sexual harassment in academia".
  10. ^ "Worried About a Bleak Future, Climate Change Activists Hesitant to Have Kids".
  11. ^ "Lifting Database".