Juliet Floyd first taught at The City College of New York, where she participated in a Mellon Foundation program designed to support and track a diverse group of undergraduates into graduate programs in the humanities. She later became Deputy Executive Officer of the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Program in Philosophy, moving afterwards to Boston University, where she is currently Professor of Philosophy. There she helped draft a new strategic plan for the university and served on the Provost’s Committee on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion 2006-2010. She has spent several years lecturing and pursuing research in Europe, and has also helped to administer one of Wellesley College’s fellowship programs for mature alumnae.
Floyd's research interests include the history and development of early analytic philosophy, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and aesthetics. Prominent strands in her research have included the issues of rule-following and skepticism, truth and generality, the limits and nature of formal methods of analysis, the nature and scope of logic and mathematics, and the notions of judgment, aspect, a prioricity, simplicity and rigor. She has focused on the history of twentieth century philosophy, both in its Anglo-American and in its European forms, and the split between them that emerged as a result of two World Wars. Her writings use history to illuminate ideals of objectivity, rigor, and truth, as well as to correct current narratives about the history and nature of philosophy that tend to oversimplify the terrain of possible methods and positions, as well as the inherited and constructed nature of philosophical problems.
Professor Floyd has co-edited (with S. Shieh) Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2001; on line version 2004) and authored many articles. She is currently working on a manuscript treating the philosophical importance of the interactions among Wittgenstein, Turing and Gödel and co-editing (with her colleague Alisa Bokulich) a volume of essays on Turing’s philosophical importance, Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turing - Turing 100 in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Series.