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Feminism in Theory and Practice

Feminism encompasses a diverse set of concepts, arguments, and practices. At Exeter, we pursue a number of different feminist approaches, from the highly theoretical to the concrete. Feminist scholars in various fields engage with the Centre for Political Thought in order to decolonize conventional political theory, which tends to privilege a white, capitalist, male point of view and to marginalize women, people of colour, and the working classes. We look at political philosophical questions (such as “how might we reshape concepts like justice, equality, and freedom so that they are more inclusive?”), historical questions (such as “how has the relegation of women to the private sphere shaped public life in democratic societies?”), and empirical questions (such as “how can we shape public policy in a way that better reflects the lived experience of marginalized people?”).

Dr Sarah Drews Lucas

Sarah Drews Lucas's areas of research are feminist philosophy and critical theory. She works on questions of agency, autonomy, care ethics, communicability, narrative, and personal identity. Her current projects focus on feminist narrative agency and on ordinary language philosophy and the ethics of care. She is also interested in gender and politics, ancient political theory, contemporary political theory, continental philosophy, human rights, and the work of Hannah Arendt.

Dr Ross Carroll

Ross Carroll's research interests are in the history of early modern political thought, with a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and France. His first book, Uncivil Mirth: Ridicule in Enlightenment Britain (Princeton 2021), recovers the Enlightenment debate on the appropriate use of ridicule as an instrument of moral and political reform. He has also published recently on Mary Wollstonecraft's views on political economy, the history of contempt as a political and moral concept, and the hidden intellectual labour performed by the wives of great political thinkers such as Alexis de Tocqueville. At present Carroll is writing a short book on Edmund Burke and plans a future research project on the political thought of the French political theorist and abolitionist, Gustave de Beaumont.


Dr Bice Maiguashca

Bice Maiguashca’s research has focused on a set of questions around the origins, strategic trajectory and political significance of contemporary forms of left-wing politics and feminist activism in particular. Her current research projects revolve around three different strands of inquiry. The first involves the critical interrogation of “populism” as an analytical concept and as a political signifier. The second involves research into “Corbynism” as a new left landscape. Finally, the third concerns the challenges faced by feminist activists in the face of gendered power relations and globalised neoliberalism.


Dr Karen Scott

Karen Scott’s research interests focus on the politics of knowledge and epistemic injustice, particularly where it relates to evidence for public policy and sustainability. She has worked in, and alongside, local and central government to improve evidence for public policy on wellbeing and sustainability issues. Dr Scott is co-editor for the Palgrave MacMillan book series The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing, and also teaches various courses in the theories and governance of ‘The Good Life’ from classical to contemporary times.

Sarah Drews Lucas
‘Loneliness and Appearance: Toward a Concept of Ontological Agency,’ European Journal of Philosophy, 27 (2019), 809-722
‘The Primacy of Narrative Agency: Re-Reading Seyla Benhabib on Narrativity.’ Feminist Theory, 18(3), 2018, 123-143.
‘Dancing Feminist Conversations: Nevr Without Materiality,’ (with Dana Mills), Contemporary Political Theory, 2017.

Ross Carroll
‘The Hidden Labors of Mary Mottley, Madame de Tocqueville,’ Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 33, no. 4 (2018)

Bice Maiguashca
‘Making Feminist Sense of Precarity Politics,’ Contemporary Political Theory, issue 2, 2020.
‘Resisting the ‘Populist Hype’: A Feminist Critique of a Globalizing Concept,’ Review of International StudiesVol. 45, issue 5, 2019, 768-785.

Bice Maiguashca

  • 2013-2014: British Academy Grant on ‘Gendering Protest - A Gender Analysis of Contemporary Radical Activism in the UK’