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Sherri Irvin

Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate College 

Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies

Ph.D., Princeton
Research areas: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Race

Office: Robertson Hall Rm 213

I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. My interests range widely, but I have written quite a bit on matters related to contemporary art and on aesthetic experience in everyday life. In my book Immaterial: The Rules of Contemporary Art (Oxford 2022), I argue that contemporary artworks are partly constituted by rules and discuss the relevance of this for art appreciation and value. My edited collection Body Aesthetics (Oxford, 2016) is a multi-authored collection that treats the aesthetics of the body in relation to social justice, art, evolutionary theory, race, gender, disability, sexuality and sport. My current research centers on the intersections of aesthetics and justice.

I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aesthetics and Philosophy Compass.

Recent Courses

  • PHIL 1713 Justice in Society
  • PHIL 3023 Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • PHIL 3753 Philosophy and Race
  • PHIL 4023/5023 Survey of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • PHIL 6023 Seminar: Aesthetics and Social Justice
  • PHIL 6593 Seminar: The Ontology of Art
  • PHIL 6593 Seminar: The Philosophy of Contemporary Art
  • PHIL 6970 Seminar: Social Construction and the Ontology of Art

Awards and Honors

  • Big Idea Challenge Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships, University of Oklahoma, 2021-2023
  • 30th Anniversary of the Feminist Caucus Essay Prize, American Society for Aesthetics, 2020
  • Humanities Forum Fellowship, University of Oklahoma 2018-2019
  • Ed Cline Faculty Development Award, University of Oklahoma, 2016
  • Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Research Award, University of Oklahoma, 2015
  • Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 2013-2014
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2013
  • Seventh Annual Parodi Lecture in the Philosophy of Art, Miami Art Museum and University of Miami, 2010
  • Irene Rothbaum Award for the Outstanding Assistant Professor in Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • Museum Management and Curatorship Best Paper Award in the Curatorship category, 2006
  • American Society for Aesthetics John Fisher Memorial Prize, 2005


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