Kathleen Poorman Dougherty, Ph.D.

Kathleen DoughertyKathleen Poorman Dougherty, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Director, Caroline Scholars Program

Email: dougherk@mtmary.edu
Phone: (414) 930-3162
Office: Fidelis Hall 334


  • B.A., St. Olaf College, Philosophy
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma, Philosophy
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Philosophy

"I feel incredibly privileged to work with students and faculty across many disciplines in my daily work. I am deeply committed to the value of the Humanities in helping to enrich our human lives and make us more empathetic, understanding, and reflective people. I never fail to be challenged and impressed by the scholarly work of our faculty and inspired by our students.

My area of philosophical scholarship is in ethics, especially contemporary virtue ethics and the history of ethics, predominantly Ancient ethics. Primarily, my work focuses on the development of moral character, the role of self-knowledge in good character, and the role of personal relationships in the construction of the moral self. In addressing these issues my work lends itself readily to interdisciplinary focus, and frequently considers literary texts hand in hand with traditional philosophical texts."


“Self-Forgiveness in The Story of Lucy Gault,” Wisconsin Philosophical Association, Madison, WI, April 5, 2014.

“Commitment, Identity, and Risk,” Russell VIII Conference, Healdsburg, CA, March 2012.

Publications (within last five years):

“Marriage in Jane Austen: Self-knowledge, Virtue and the ‘Second Self’” in Jane Austen and Philosophy, ed. Mimi Marinucci, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

“Responsibility and Self-Forgiveness in The Story of Lucy Gault” in Philosophy of Forgiveness, Vol. II, ed. Court Lewis, Vernon Press, 2016.

“‘Saint Alicia’ and the Burden of Care” in Philosophy and the Good Wife, ed. Robert Arp, Open Court Publishing, Spring 2013.

“Antidepressants, Gender, and the Construction of the Moral Self,” in Ethics and Neurodiversity, Alexandra Perry and Christopher Herrera, eds. Cambridge Scholars Press, Spring 2013.

“Habituation and Character Change,” Philosophy and Literature, volume 31, number 2, Fall 2007. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism vol. 211.