Michaele L. Ferguson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has several publications, as well as articles in feminist and democratic theory. She is currently working on an article called "What is Neoliberalism?" and on a book entitled Taming the Shrew: The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism in America. Together with James Rowe of the University of Victoria, she is in the early stages of curating a collection of the political writings of Tibetan Buddhist Chögyum Trungpa, tentatively entitled Mindful Political Theory. She is co-chair with Steven Johnston of Foundations of Political Theory for the 2014 American Political Science Association meetings, and she serves on the editorial board of Philosophy and Rhetoric. She is also the author of a blog about mentoring in political theory, The Theoretical Mentor.
She’s been a visiting research fellow at the University of Utah, a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington, and currently is an associate professor at CU Boulder.
She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard and her A.B. in Philosophy and in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College.
Iris Young studied a variety of social justice movements in order to clarify what “oppression” means – and she found that it is a much more complicated concept in practice than many academics had assumed in theory. The big question is: what can we learn about how to think about politics by studying how activists speak and act?
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