Sally J. Scholz is Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. An award winning teacher and researcher, Scholz is interested in social and political philosophy, with special emphasis on oppression and solidarity.  Her work on solidarity seeks to understand the important moral and political relations that accompany movements for social change.  

Scholz has published widely in social philosophy.  Publications include the books On de Beauvoir (Wadsworth 2000), On Rousseau (Wadsworth 2001), Political Solidarity (Penn State Press 2008) and Feminism: A Beginner’s Guide (One World 2010). She co-edited Philosophical Perspectives on Democracy in the 21st Century (with Ann Cudd), Peacemaking: Lessons from the Past, Vision for the Future (with Judith Presler) and The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘Les Mandarins’ (with Shannon Mussett). She has also published articles on violence against women, oppression, collective responsibility, and just war theory, among other topics. Scholz is a former Editor of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (2003-2008), Co-Editor of Co-Editor, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (2006-2011), and former Editor of Hypatia (2013-2017). She has guest edited numerous special issues and is a leader in the profession through her work with the American Philosophical Association and the North American Society for Social Philosophy.

Academic Positions

Professor – Villanova University, Fall 2006-present

Faculty in Residence in Center for Peace and Justice Education, 2005-2010

Philosophy Department Chair, 2015-2021

Associate Professor – Villanova University, Fall 2001-Spring 2006

Visiting Scholar – Stanford University, Spring 1998

Visiting Scholar – Chiang Mai University (Thailand), Fall 1997

Assistant Professor – Villanova University, Fall 1994-Spring 2001

Graduate Instructor – Purdue University, Fall 1991-Spring 1993

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Purdue University, Fall 1989-Spring 1991



Ph.D. in Philosophy, December 1993.
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN

Dissertation title: The Legitimating Function of the Dichotomy of the Public and the Private in Systemic Oppression

Director: William L. McBride.

Master of Arts in Philosophy, May 1991.
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN

Bachelor of Arts Degree, double major in (1) Philosophy and (2) Theology, and a minor in French, May 1989.
University of Portland - Portland, OR


2019 Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

2014 Outstanding Faculty Research Award winner

2014 Villanova ICE Award (for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship)       

2011 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award Honorable Mention

2011 The Lawrence C. Gallen, OSA, Faculty Service Award

2006 The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching

2006 Critical Incident Teaching Award (from VU College of Commerce and Finance)

2004 Critical Incident Teaching Award (from VU College of Commerce and Finance)

2004 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist

1999 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist


Grants and Fellowships

2021-22 Research Sabbatical

2021 Villanova Summer Research Grant ($10,000)

2021 VIRS Research Acceleration Grant ($550)

2021 Recommended for Fulbright U.S. Scholars award (Germany)

2020 Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning Grant for “Inclusive Teaching for Graduate Courses in Philosophy” with Delia Popa ($3000)

2012 Villanova Faculty Summer Research Grant ($10,000)

2011-2012 Research Sabbatical

2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Regional Faculty Fellow

2005 Veritas Award (Villanova Research grant)

2004-2005 Research Sabbatical

2003 Villanova Faculty Summer Research Grant and Research Support Grant

1993 Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant


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