Sharon M. Meagher
TitleProfessor of Philosophy
DepartmentHistory, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D. is a philosopher who engages in interdisciplinary work in contemporary social and political theory and practice, particularly in the areas of philosophy of the city, community and global development, sustainability, and university social responsibility. She is the author of articles on philosophy of the city, urban geography, feminist theory and practice, and ethics and edited the first reader on philosophy of the city as well as the more recent Routledge Handbook on Philosophy of the City.
Dr. Meagher served three years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at MMC before moving full-time to the faculty to finish a book manuscript on philosophy of the city and to pursue related teaching opportunities. Prior to her arrival at Marymount Manhattan College, Dr. Meagher served as the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Widener University in Chester, PA, where she also served as co-project director of Boundaries and Bridges, a project that utilized the arts and humanities to bring Chester community members together with Widener faculty and students to strengthen the community. Dr. Meagher also worked as Director of Education at The Union Institute and University’s Office for Social Responsibility in Washington, DC, an academically based public policy center. She was the founding chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton, where she also taught environmental studies and philosophy. Dr. Meagher also served as a faculty development consultant on sustainability, civic engagement, and public philosophy.
Ph.D. Philosophy SUNY Stony Brook
B.A. Philosophy and Sociology, Boston College (summa cum laude and Scholar of the College)
Meagher, Sharon M. “Pretend It’s a City”: Urban Foundations for Ethical Life
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City
Edited by: Sharon M. Meagher , Samantha Noll , Joseph S. Biehl
Meagher has been a leader in the creation of a new subfield of philosophy: philosophy of the city. She is also known for her work in public philosophy, creative placemaking, and sustainable community development. Additionally, Meagher has published on university social responsibility and engaged teaching and learning.
She is currently at work on a monograph entitled Parasite City: Recognizing Interdependence and Reclaming Justice.
Meagher is committed to engaged teaching and learning, and regularly teaches NYC Seminar; Ethics; Introduction to Logic; Political Philosophy; Feminist Theory; Philosophy of Film; Environmental Ethics.