Alison Wylie


Alison Wylie holds a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences, and is a Professor of Philosophy and an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology at UBC. She is principally interested in questions about evidence, objectivity, and ethical obligations that arise in archaeological practice. Representative publications include Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology (2016) and Material Evidence (2015), co-authored and co-edited with archaeologist Bob Chapman, and a series of recent papers on the ethics and politics of community-based collaborative practice (see for the details). She co-convened “Ethics in American Archaeology,” a workshop and publication that produced the “Principles of Archaeologcial Ethics” adopted by the Society for American Archaeology in the mid-1990s, and has since published several articles on the stewardship ideals central to these principles. She regularly teaches courses on research ethics in archaeology and in the (non-medical) sciences: PHIL 337, “Ethics for the Sciences.” Since joining UBC in 2017 she has worked with the Indigenous/Science research cluster, and in that connection recently co-authored “Bearing Witness: What can Archaeology Contribute in an Indian Residential School Context” (Simons & Martindale, 2021).