I am currently working on a monograph titled The Ontology of Oppression. Some social categories, such as race and gender, are bound up with large scale systems of oppression, such as white supremacy and patriarchy. At the same time, individuals often identify closely with membership in these categories. This gives rise to difficulties for social movements seeking to counter oppressive systems: should countering the oppression be conceived of as involving the rejection of the implicated categories? And if so, how can this reconciled with people’s experiences of identification with those categories? The monograph aims to answer two main questions. (1) What is the ontology of categories that are bound up with oppression, such as gender and race? (2) How should emancipatory social movements respond to such categories?
I am also working on papers on gender identity and on disability and impairment.