Karen Hanson is provost and executive vice president of Indiana University. She has taught at IU Bloomington since 1976 in the Department of Philosophy, serving as department chair and Rudy Professor.
She also is an adjunct professor of gender studies, American studies, and comparative literature. Her principal research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, ethics, aesthetics, and American philosophy.
She has published many articles and essays in these areas and is the author of The Self Imagined: Philosophical Reflections on the Social Character of Psyche and a co-editor of Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory.