My research examines problems of oppressive institutions, affects, and social relations despite widespread formal commitments to end oppression. I am interested in the structural dynamics underlying ongoing oppressions.
My dissertation, A Feminist Race-Critical Philosophy of Scapegoating, combines ethics and social critique to employ and deepen the concept of ‘scapegoating’. On my account, scapegoating is a structuring mode of oppression that influences our social relations, institutional structures, affective habits, and group identities, all while remaining largely hidden from us.
Methodologically, my work combines philosophical analysis with real life cases of oppression, both historically and currently; this gives contextual depth and lived sense to the phenomena that I analyze. It is important to me that my work is in touch with the reality of lived oppression.
My publication in Ithaque uses an epistemic injustice framework alongside a critique of the politics of recognition to argue that the Canadian state is currently in a non-reciprocal relationship with Indigenous peoples as a result of epistemic failure on the part of the state.