Cheshire's publications include "Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet" (Oxford, 2000), two edited collections, "What is an Emotion?" (coedited with Robert C. Solomon, Oxford, 1984), "Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers" (Oxford, 2004), and essays on forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, and civility. She has been particularly interested in arguments for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S. Her most recent work centers on the temporal nature of agency and the necessary background conditions for taking an interest in one's own agency. That work includes essays on depression and demoralization, meaning in life, hope, and commitment. Two of her essays were judged by The Philosopher's Annual to be among the top ten essays to appear in print, "Changing One's Heart," in 1992 and "The Virtue of Civility,", in 2000.