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



I’m a philosopher of the social and historical sciences whose primary interests are to understand how we know what (we think) we know under non-ideal circumstances, and address issues of accountability that arise in research practice. I work on such questions as: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the central role that contextual values play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and its practice – to the diverse communities it affects? In addition to characterizing strategies of practical evidential reasoning, I publish on feminist standpoint theory and on normative issues raised by an ethic of stewardship and collaborative practice in archaeology. For details, click here

SSHRCC recently announced their 2018 CRC Fellows; I’m honoured to be among them. 
Details are available here.
Just out:
RadioCIAMS interview: Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Sciences 
A podcast with Sean Connaughton, Kody Huard, and Ian Sellars:
The Transect: Part XII

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

News and Current Projects

Community-Based Collaborative Research

Co-PI and coordinator of the Reflections Group. UBC Research Cluster

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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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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Glastonbury Today, Tomorrow, 2,250 Years Ago

2017 Dewey Lecture

Pacific Division APA

2016 Katz Distinguished Lecture

Simpson Center, University of Washington 

Professional News

Australian Association of Philosophy keynote (July 2019)

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

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

Philosophy of Science Association: President-elect – 2016 Election

2016 EPSA Interview on “Women In Science” with Michela Massima

2013 SWIP Woman Philosopher of the Year