Institute for Social Justice

Feminist Theory and Intersectionality

How can feminists respond to continuing regimes of patriarchy, heteronormativity, racialization, colonization, and imperialism?

What kinds of theories, analyses, and practices will support local and transnational politics of resistance and transformation?

Kiran Grewal’s work explores the mutually reinforcing constructions of hegemonic gender, sexual, ethnic and national identity and feminist political strategies that aim to develop intersectional forms of resistance.

Allison Weir has developed feminist theories of individual and collective identity, relationality, power and solidarity, and is currently engaging western secular feminisms in dialogue with Islamic and Indigenous feminisms, to develop a postwestern feminist theory of freedom and resistance.

Romand Coles engages the work of Chicana feminists to develop a non foundational theory of radical democratic tradition(ing), and brings the radical receptivity of Ella Baker’s ethical-political approach to civil rights organising into relationship with the writings of Sheldon Wolin to formulate what Coles calls a ‘heroinic’ theory of democratic politics.

Linda Martín Alcoff works in several key areas of feminist philosophy, including feminist epistemologies, race and gender identities and identity politics, and sexual violence.

Jennifer Nedelsky argues for a feminist conception of relational autonomy, and is conducting research on the possibility of universal social norms of part-time paid work and part-time care work.

Lia Haro has engaged grassroots women’s groups in Kenya in the process of reimagining the construction of “women in development” and the identity categories imposed in dominant development discourses associated with it.

Jacqueline Rose writes and researches in the areas of feminist psychoanalytic theory and feminist biography, and is currently working on the issue of sexual violence.

Linda Martín Alcoff, Kiran Grewal, and Allison Weir are engaged in theoretical analyses and empirical projects focusing on the theme of decolonizing feminism.