Alison Wylie


Canada Research Chair (Tier I)

Philosophy of the Social

and Historical Sciences


Department of Philosophy

University of British Columbia

Buch E370 – 1866 Main Mall

Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1 Canada



What drives my research as a philosopher is curiosity about how inquiry succeeds under non-ideal circumstances. My work is case-based; I focus on the social and historical sciences and on questions such as: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the role that values and interests play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and practice – to the diverse communities it affects? I publish on strategies of evidential reasoning in archaeology and feminist standpoint theory, and I’m exploring new lines of inquiry inspired by the UBC-based Indigenous/Science project. For more on my research interests, click here


The Australian Academy of the Humanities recently announced their newly elected Fellows; I’m honoured to be among them:

AAH announcement

I recently gave the 2020 George Sarton Memorial Lecture at the 2020 AAAS meetings in Seattle:


Publication list (PDF) | Preprints via Dropbox | Short-form CV (PDF)


News and Current Projects

Community-Based Collaborative Research

“Crossing a Threshold: Collaborative Archaeology in Global Dialogue”: Archaeologies 2019 | Preprint

“Witnessing and Translating: Philosophy in the Field”

A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”: in Objectivity in Science (Springer 2015). Preprint

Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology

Chapman and Wylie (Bloomsbury 2016)

How do archaeologists work with the material traces they identify as a record of the cultural past? 

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“Triangulation and Traceability: Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology”: in Varieties of Data Journeys (Springer, forthcoming). Preprint

Extinct! Blog: “Glastonbury: Today, Tomorrow, 2,250 Years Ago”

Material Evidence: Learning From Archaeological Practice

Chapman and Wylie (Routledge 2015)

How do archaeologists make effective use of physical traces and material culture as repositories of evidence?

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2017 Dewey Lecture

Pacific Division APA

2016 Katz Distinguished Lecture

Simpson Center, University of Washington 

News & Interviews

Philosophy of Science Association: President (2019-2020) – 2019 Newsletter

Philosopher’s Zone: Australian Radio interview (June 2019)        

RadioCIAMS interview: Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Sciences (March 2019)

The Transect – Part XII: a podcast with Sean Connaughton, Kody Huard, and Ian Sellars (January 2019)

Sci Phi Podcast: Interview (Episode 38, April 2018)

2013 SWIP Woman Philosopher of the Year

Brown University, Feminist Theory Archive: Wylie collection catalogue