International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Professor Dr. Ann E. Cudd

Ann E. Cudd is the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor.  Appointed in September 2018, she has primary responsibility for all aspects of the University of Pittsburgh’s academic mission. Her duties include supporting scholarly excellence among more than 4,600 full-time faculty members and student success among the University’s nearly 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on all five Pitt campuses.

Dr. Cudd previously served as Boston University’s Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which is the institution’s largest college. Prior to joining Boston University in 2015, she served for 25 years at the University of Kansas, where she earned the title of University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Cudd held various positions of increasing responsibility culminating in the position of Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, an inaugural role for that university. 

Dr. Cudd is an accomplished teacher and scholar whose research explores themes of oppression, economic inequality, capitalism, and gender. Her philosophical interests—the focus of more than 50 books, articles, and chapters published under her name—span social and political philosophy, philosophy of economics, decision theory and feminist theory.  

She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two master’s degrees—a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Economics—all earned from the University of Pittsburgh.