Jo-Ann Pilardi (b. 1941)

American philosopher and educator. Pilardi earned her B.A. in English at Duquesne University, her M.A. in philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, and her Ph.D. in humanities at Johns Hopkins University. A longtime activist in the women’s liberation movement, Pilardi helped to develop the Women’s Studies Program at Maryland’s Towson University, where today she is professor emerita of Philosophy and Women’s Studies. Her works include Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography (1999) as well as articles on feminism, abortion rights, and social and political philosophy. Most recently she published “From ‘Alien’ to ‘Guest’: A Philosophical Scrutiny of the Bush Administration’s Guest Worker Initiative,” a work of political philosophy that appeared in Radical Philosophy Today: Philosophy against Empire (2006). See also towson.edu.