CAS Welcomes Dean Margaret Watkins

Dean Watkins

The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Margaret Watkins as the new dean. In addition to overseeing CAS, she is also a Professor of Philosophy. 

Dr. Watkins specializes in early modern ethics and aesthetics, with a particular focus on the work of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher, David Hume. She is president of the international Hume Society and the author of the Philosophical Progress of Hume’s Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In 2018, she was the David Hume Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She earned her BA in philosophy from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Her recent work includes studies of race and gender in early modern thought, and she is interested in efforts to increase the inclusivity and diversity of philosophical pedagogy and scholarship. She has published articles on Hume’s ethics and aesthetics in journals such as Hume Studies, Inquiry, and History of Philosophy Quarterly and has contributed articles on Hume to several anthologies. She has also published articles on Montaigne and on the resources of Jane Austen’s novels for ethical theory and pedagogy.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2021