Ann E. Cudd

  • Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor


As Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at Pitt, Ann E. Cudd 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.

Ann previously served as Boston University’s Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which is the institution’s largest college. In this role, Ann oversaw all strategic decisions related to the college’s academic, financial, and administrative direction and growth. She also facilitated the success of more than 700 full-time faculty members and 17,800 students—including 1,800 graduate students.

Prior to joining Boston University (BU) in 2015, Ann served for 25 years at the University of Kansas (KU), where she earned the title of University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. At KU, she held various positions of increasing responsibility—from Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies to Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her most recent position at KU—Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies—was an inaugural role for the university and involved oversight of campus programs and offices that supported the institution’s undergraduate body of nearly 19,000 students.

Ann has been an active faculty member in the philosophy departments at both BU and KU and 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.   

Ann holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters—a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Economics—all earned from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Swarthmore College.