Ainhoa Rodríguez Muguruza

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PositionPhD student
AddressEHU/UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián


Ainhoa sits in front of Wightwick Manor Gardens
Ainhoa sits in front of Wightwick Manor Gardens

Ainhoa Rodriguez Muguruza is a Predoctoral Researcher completing a PhD at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. Her research analyses the biological, medical and, philosophical perspectives on the female reproductive health, the function of menstrual cycles, and tendencies supporting menstrual suppression through birth control. Her approach is both scientific and phenomenological, proving the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy.

Whist completing her Philosophy Degree at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, she felt drawn towards the field of Philosophy of Biology, as well as towards phenomenological texts on enbodiment and the concept of lived experience. Through her first years in academia, she deepened her knowledge on philosophical figures like Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt, and Maria Zambrano, writing her BA dissertation in Basque on “The Embroidery of Dread: a Dialogue between Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt and Maria Zambrano” supervised by Professor Cristina Lasa.

During her 1-year Erasmus+ funded stay at the University of Regina, she acquired a strong background on Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics and Hermeneutics and felt encouraged to pursue a Master’s Programme focused on grounding figures of German and French Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Being taught on philosophers such as Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Deleuze and, Foucault, and particularly attracted to the philosophy of contemporary phenomenologists like Havi Carel, Ainhoa completed her MA dissertation “A Heideggerian Bridge: from a Cartesian Psychology to a Phenomenological Science of the Mind” supervised by Professor Miguel de Beistegui.

As she kept progressing within academia, Ainhoa narrowed her field of interest to the Medical Humanities. Although she had conducted her research previously around the contepts of mental health and illness, she felt more and more curious about the very underresearched field of feminine reproductive health and its impact of women’s mental health. Committed to a more inclusive production of medical research, she started her PhD and continued learning about more technical elements of clinical research compleiting a 6-week course on “Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials” at the John Hopkins University that aimed to explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Medical Humanities
  • Phenomenology
  • Gender Studies


2020 – 2023 PhD Philosophy, Science and Values. University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU.

2018 – 2019 Master in Continental Philosophy. University of Warwick.

2014 – 2018 Philosophy Degree. University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU.


  • Participation on the conference “Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences X” organised by the Autonomous University of Madrid. I took part with the paper “Menstrual Cycles as key to embodied Synchronisation” (May, 2021)
  • Participation on the workshop “Postgenomic Determinisms: Environmental Narratives after the Century of the Gene” organised by the Ruhr Universität Bochum within the 8th RUB Workshop for History and Philosophy of the Life Science. I took part with the poster “Am I Meant to Bleed” (March, 2021)
  • Participation on the workshop “Women and homelessness – issues of maternal identity, parenting and reproductive health” organised by Sheffied Hallam University. I took part with the paper “Gendered Epistemic Homelessness” (November, 2019)
  • Participation on the Medical Humanities Postgraduate Conference with the paper “Phenomenological Narrativity and the Second-Person Perspective” within the panel Embodied Experiences & Narratives: Articulating phenomenologies of illness” (June, 2019)
  • Participation on the III International Symposium with the paper “Pragmatics of Identity. Reclaiming Pragmatics as a Political Element” within the panel Vulnerability, Exclusions and Epistemic Injustice (February, 2019)


In preparation

Rodriguez-Muguruza, A., “Menstrual Cycles: A Key to Embodied Synchronisation” in Springer’s Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Research (2022)