Diane Grossman

Interim Dean, Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities and Director of the Honors Program


  • Ph.D., New York University

About Me

Diane Grossman received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from New York University, where she was an Ida Parker Bowne Scholar. She is a Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Director of the Honors Program. Grossman has served Simmons as Chair of both departments, as Director of Academic Advising, and as Associate Dean and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Existentialism and the Philosophical TraditionLooking at Gay and Lesbian Life, and numerous articles and essays on ethics, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Her areas of specialization are Continental philosophy, feminist theory and applied ethics.

What I Teach

  • PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy: The Big Questions
  • PHIL 130 Ethics
  • PHIL 131 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 232 Theories of Justice
  • PHIL 242 Making of the Modern Mind
  • PHIL 245 Existentialism
  • PHIL 332 Law and Philosophy
  • PHIL 390 Seminar
  • WGST 111 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • WGST 211 Gender and Sexuality
  • WGST 354 Feminist Theories
  • WGST 380 Gender and Queer Theory
  • GCS 403 Cultural Theory

Research/Creative Activities

Dreaming Big: What's Gender Got to Do With It? Phase II

Dreaming Big II expands upon a project begun two years ago that studied middle school girls’ and boys’ attitudes toward careers and their futures, including adult influences, the significance of gendered messaging, and differences between girls and boys and between girls and Girl Scout girls. 

Learn more about Dreaming Big