Department:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Philosophy
Alison is Head of our Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her current research concerns philosophical questions about embodiment, particularly in the work of Simone de Beauvoir.
Alison became Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. Before this she was a lecturer in philosophy at Anglia Ruskin, appointed in 1990. She also spent two years teaching at University College Dublin, from 1991-92. Alison teaches on our undergraduate philosophy degree, including modules on the Philosophy of Art and Western Civilisation, and also supervises research students in philosophy.
MA in Philosophy and Literature ‘Mallarmé and Literary Theory’, University of Warwick, 1986
Ainley, A., 2001. 'Imagination and the Maternal; Kant and Levinas' in Tina Chanter (Ed.). Re-Reading the Cannon: Feminist Interpretations of Levinas. USA: Pennsylvania State Press.
‘Provoking thought’ (2003). Philosopher’s Magazine, issue 22 February.
‘What’s it all about?’ (2003). Philosopher’s Magazine, issue 23 May.
‘Grounds for Optimism’ (2004). New Humanist, November-December.
‘The mighty fork (Kierkegaard)’ (2005). Philosopher’s Magazine, July.
‘Kristeva, subjectivity and culture’ (2009). Hypatia, 24(1).
Alison organised a conference to celebrate 40 years of philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University on 11 November 2013, bringing together both current and former staff and students.