Adrienne Lyles

Associate Teaching Professor


Dept:Equal Opportunity Office


Adrienne serves as Associate Director of Equal Opportunity and Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Iowa State University. Adrienne is also a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy & Religious Studies.
Adrienne completed her undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English at ISU. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to returning to ISU, Adrienne taught Philosophy at the University of San Diego and Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) and served as Director of the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary’s. Adrienne was also attorney/owner of a law firm in South Bend, Indiana.
Adrienne’s world view has been profoundly shaped by the experience of raising her identical twin sons, with whom she shares a love of Harry Potter, rollerblading, and Home Run Inn pizza. Adrienne spends her free time training for run/bike/kayak triathlons.

Research Areas

Feminist Philosophy, Existentialism, and Intersectionality


J.D., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A., English, B.A. Philosophy, Iowa State University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy
Philosophy & Literature
Philosophy & Film
Business & Society

Selected Publications

"Transitions to Justice: Prisoner Reentry as an Opportunity to Confront and Counteract Racism," Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal 259 (2009), 6.

"Building Livable Places: The Importance of Landscape in Urban Land Use, Planning, and Development," Buffalo Environmental Law Journal 95 (2009), 16.

Professional Activity

Bar admission:
• Indiana Supreme Court
• United States District Court, Norther District of Indiana
Member, American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity
Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys