Recent Roles

1998 (Sep) –Sep.2002        Dean of Economics and Social Science, University of the West of England, Bristol.
2002-2003 Pro-Dean, HLSS.
2003-2006    Assistant Vice Chancellor, with responsibility for teaching and learning issues across the university.

Selected Publications

Single Authored Books
Assiter, A, 1989, Pornography, Feminism and the Individual, Pluto Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1990, Althusser and Feminism, Pluto Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1996, Enlightened Women, Modernist Feminism in a Post-modern Age, Routledge, London;
Assiter, A, 2003, Revisiting Universalism, Palgrave, Macmillan;
Assiter, A, 2009,Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory: Unfinished Selves, Continuum Books, London;

Edited Books and Books Authored with Others
Assiter, A. and Shaw, E. (eds.), 1993, Using Records of Achievement, Kogan Page, London;
Assiter, A, (ed.) , 1995, Using Transferable Skills in HE, Kogan Page, London.
Assiter, A. and Carol, A. (eds.) , 1993, Bad Girls, Dirty Pictures, (an anthology on women and pornography) Pluto Press, London.
Assiter, A , with Wilson, E, MacIntosh, M. and Rogerson, G. (eds.), 1992, Pornography & Feminism, Lawrence & Wishart, London;

Articles in refereed Journals
Assiter, A, 1979, Philosophical Materialism or the Materialist Conception of History, Radical Philosophy, No 23;
Assiter, A, 1979, The Theory of Poverty or Good Old Working Class History, Literature and History, Autumn Issue;
Assiter, A, 1984, Did Man Make Language? Radical Philosophy, No. 34;
Assiter, A, 1984, Althusser and Structuralism, The British Journal of Sociology, Vol.xxxv, No.2, June;
Assiter, A, 1984, Lehrer, Gettier and the Sheep, The Philosopher, Spring issue;
Assiter, A, 1984, Note on Seeking Ecstasy on the Battlefield, Feminist Review, No. 16, Summer Issue;
Assiter, A, 1990, Reasoned Passions, Argument, Autumn Issue;
Assiter, A, 1993, Skills and Epistemologies, Reflections on Higher Education, also in Transferable Skills, University of East Anglia Press, 1994
Assiter, A. 2000, Feminist Epistemology and Value, Feminist Theory, No.3. Nov. issue.
Assiter,A.(2005) Informed Consent: Is it Sacrosanct? Research Ethics Review, Nov. issue.
Assiter, A (2006) Beyond Identity Politics, Journal of Gender Studies.
Assiter,A. and Gibbs, G. (2006) Motivation and Retention, Journal of European Politics, Nov. issue.
Assiter,A. and Noonan, J.(2007 forthcoming) Human Needs: A Realist Perspective, Journal  of Critical Realism.

Other articles
Interview on Pornography, The Morning Star, February 1990
Pornography and Feminism, Scene Out, November 1990 Introduction to Records of Achievement, Brunel University. Brief Introductions, 1993.
Also a number of reports on Profiling and Recording Achievement.

Articles in Books

Assiter, A, 1983, Women and Peace, in Over Our Dead Bodies, Women Against The Bomb, eds Thompson, D, Virago, London;
Assiter, A, 1985, Did Man Make Language? In Radical Philosophy Reader, NLB, London; also in Proper English: Language and Social Identity, ed. Edgley, R and Osborne, R, Routledge, 1990
Assiter, A, 1984, Philosophical Materialism or the Materialist Conception of History in Modernism, Explanation and Knowledge, eds Harrison, C. and Norton, F, Harper and Row, London;
Assiter, A, 1988, Romance Fiction: Pornography for Women, in Perspectives on Pornography, Sexuality in Film and Literature, eds Day, G. and Bloom, C, Macmillan, London;
Assiter, A, 1989, Autonomy and Pornography, in Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy, eds. M. Griffiths and M. Whitford, Macmillan, London; (this book won a prize for best academic book of the year in the USA.)
Assiter, A, 1990, Romantic Fiction Surveyed, in Handbook of Popular Culture, Greenwood Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1990, Pornography entry in Psychoanalysis and Feminism, A Critical Dictionary, ed Wright, E, Blackwells, Oxford;
Assiter, A, 1993, Profiling in HE, in The New Agenda for F&HE in Wales, University of Glamorgan Press, Glamorgan;
Assiter, A, 1993, Essentially Sex: A New Look (a critique of constructivist readings of sexuality), in Bad Girls, Dirty Pictures, eds Assiter, A. and Carol, Pluto Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1995, Transferable Skills: A Response to the Sceptics, in ed A. Assiter op.cit.
Assiter, A, 1997 and 1998, Entries on Pornography for Annotated Bibliography for English Studies, Swets and Zeitlinger,
Assiter, A, 1998, Communitarianism and Obedience, in Nationalism and Racism in the Liberal Order, ed Brecher, B. et. al. Avebury, Ashgate;
Assiter,A , 1999,.Entry on Margaret Whitford for Encyclopaedia of Feminist Theory, ed Code, L, Routledge, London;
Assiter, A, 1999,Citizenship Revisited, in Women, Citizenship and Difference, eds Yuval-Davis, N and Werbner, P, Zed Books, London;
Assiter, A, 1999, Bodies and Dualism, in Social Policy and the Body, eds Ellis, K. and Dean, H, Macmillan,London;
Assiter, A. 2000, Why Pluralism? in Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, ed Calder, C, Aldershot, Avebury;
Assiter, A. 2001,Common Human Nature; an empty concept? in Feminist Perspectives on Law and Theory, ed. Richardson, J. and Sandland, R, Cavendish Publishing Limited, London;
Assiter, A 2001, Descartes and Individualism, in After Postmodernism: an Introduction to Critical Realism, eds Potter, G. and Lopez, J, Athlone Press, London.
Assiter, A. 2004, The Objectivity of Value, in Defending Objectivity, eds Archer, A. and Outhwaite, W, Routledge, London.
Assiter, A. 2005, Moral Uncertainty, Feminism and Descartes’ Demon, in Trust. Risk and Uncertainty, edsWatson, S. and Moran, A, Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Selected Reviews
Assiter, A, 1974, Marxism and Epistemology, Review of D. Lecourt's book of that title, Radical Philosophy,
Assiter, A, 1984, Feminist Politics and Human Nature, Review of Alison Jagger's book, Feminist Review, No. 16, Summer;
Assiter, A, 1985,The Family in Political Thought, Review of Jean Elshtain's book (Ed) Feminist Review, No 21, Winter issue;
Assiter, A, 1986, Reply to Andrea Dworkin Spare Rib, November;
Assiter, A, 1990, Is the Future Female? Review of Lynne Segal's book, Radical Philosophy, Spring issue;
Assiter, A, 1992, Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Review of Sandra Harding, Studies in Higher Education, Autumn 1992 and Women & Philosophy, 1993
Assiter, A, 1993,Men, Sex and Relationships, Review of V. Seidler, (ed.) in Political Studies;
Assiter, A, 1994,Women, Education and Training, Veronica McGurney, NIACE, 1993,in Capability, Vol.1(2)
Assiter, A, 1995,.Review of Tina Chanter, Irigaray and the Philosophers, Women and Philosophy;
Assiter, A, 1995, Review of Margaret Whitford and Kathleen Lennon (eds) Feminist Epistemology, Journal of Gender Studies, Summer issue;
Assiter, A, 1995, Review of Blue Politics, Lacombe and Making Violence Sexy, ed. Diana Russell, Social and Legal Studies, Autumn issue;
Assiter, A, 1996, Review of Knowing the Difference, Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology, eds K Lennon and M Whitford, Journal of Gender Studies, Vol.5 No.1;
Assiter, A, 1996, Review of Tina Chanter: Ethics of Eros, in Women's Philosophy Review, Summer issue;
Assiter, A, 1997, Review of Mary Evans, in Women's Philosophy Review, June issue.
Assiter, A, 1999, Review of Feminisms, eds. Sandra Kemp and Judith Squires, OUP, Feminist History, 1999 and Women and Philosophy, Spring, 2000.
Shorter reviews in Red Letters, Radical Philosophy, The Morning Star and elsewhere.


Profiling in HE CNAA/TEED publication, April 1992 and October 1992.
Cognitive Skills in Work-based learning, UNL Press 1995