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Dr. Alison Bailey

Director - Women's and Gender Studies Program
Philosophy
Office
Rachel Cooper - RC 233
Office Hours
By appointment
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Biography

Alison Bailey is a professor of philosophy at Illinois State University where she directs the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has published extensively on issues at the intersections of feminist theory, philosophy of race/whiteness studies, and epistemology.

Current Courses

305Topics in Contem Phi

Research Interests & Areas

Alison Bailey directs the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Illinois State University where she is also a professor in the philosophy department. Her research addresses issues at the intersections of feminist theory, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of race/whiteness studies, and epistemology. Concerns for social justice drive her selection of philosophical problems, which she then works through by appealing to "real life" examples taken from narratives, social science research, and public policy. She recently co-edited a special issue ofHypatia on "The Reproduction of Whiteness: Race and the Regulation of the Gendered Body," with Jacquelyn N. Zita. Her recent work on philosophical issues related to racism and resistance has appeared in Hypatia, Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Perspectives, Feminist Ethics Revisited, and Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. She and Chris Cuomo have just co-edited The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Her current research interests address questions of race in feminist bioethics, and philosophical responses to intersectionality.

Ph D

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

MA Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

BA Philosophy

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA

William Howard Taft Competitive Fellowships

University of Cincinnati

Mellon-23 Collaborative Workshop

2010

The Strand Diversity Award

2006

Outstanding College Teaching Award

Philosophy Department
2005

Faculty Appreciation Award

Red Tassel and Mortarboard
1998

NEH Summer Institute

1998

Outstanding Teacher Award

Panhellenic Association
1997

University Research Grant

Illinois State University
1995

Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship

University of Cincinnati
1992

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Bailey, A. Reconceiving Surrogacy: Toward a Reproductive Justice Account of Indian Surrogacy. Sayantani DasGupta (EDs), Outsourcing Life: Globalization and Gestational Surrogacy in India, ed. Sayantani DasGupta, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014 (2014): 26 pages.
Bailey, A. "'White Talk' as a Barrier to Understanding The Problem of Whiteness". George Yancy (EDs), White Self-Criticality Beyond Anti-Racism: What Is It Like to Be a White Problem?. Lexington Books (2014)
Bailey, A. Taking Responsibility for Community Violence. Peggy DesAutels and Joanne Waugh (EDs), Feminists Doing Ethics. Rowman and Littlefield (2001): 219-234.
Bailey, A. Race-making as the Process of Enimification. Judith Presler and Sally Scholtz (EDs), Peacemaking: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future. Rodopi (2000): 259-273.
Bailey, A. Despising an Identity They Taught Me to Claim: Exploring a Dilemma of White Privilege Awareness. Chris J. Cuomo and Kim Q. Hall (EDs), Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Narratives. Rowman and Littlefield (1999): 85-107.

Book, Scholarly-New

Bailey, A. Community, Diversity, and Difference: Implications for Peace. Alison Bailey and Paula Smithka (EDs). Rodopi (2002)
Bailey, A. Posterity and Strategic Policy: A Moral Assessment of Nuclear Policy Options. University Press of America (1989)

Book, Textbook-New

Bailey, A., & Cuomo, C. The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Alison Bailey and Chris J. Cuomo (EDs). McGraw-Hill (2008)

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Bailey, A. On White Shame and Vulnerabiltiy. South African Journal of Philosophy 30.3 (2011): 472-483.
Bailey, A. Reconceiving Surrogacy: Toward a Reproductive Justice Account of Indian Surrogacy.. Diane T. Meyers (EDs), Special Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Issue. Hypatia 26.4 (2011): 715-741.
Bailey, A. On Intersectionality and White Feminist Philosophy. George Yancy (EDs), The Center Must Not Hold: White Women Philosophers on the Whiteness of Philosophy. Lexington Books (2010): 51-70.
Bailey, A. Notes on Intersectionality and The Possibility of a Feminist Critical Race Theory. Sally Sholtz (EDs), APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (2008)
Bailey, A. On Intersectionality, Empathy, and Feminist Solidarity. Sally Sholtz (EDs). The Journal of Peace and Justice Studies 19.1 (2008): 14-37.

Journal Article, Professional Journal

Bailey, A. "Navigating Epistemic Pushback in Feminist and Critical Race Philosophy Classes". Margaret Couch (EDs). APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy Fall 2014 (2014): 3-7.

Newsletter

Bailey, A. Re-reading Mary Daly. Sarsh Hoagland and Marilyn Frye (EDs), Feminist Interpretations of Mary Daly. APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 1.1 (2001)

Presentations

"What's Wrong with White Talk?". Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series. UIS New Voices on Racial Justice Series and the UIS Department of Philosophy. (2016)
“Angry Pluralist Selves,” Panel on the Work of María Lugones, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, Chicago, IL. 3 March 2013

“Navigating Epistemic Pushback in Philosophy Classrooms: A Panel,” with Allison Wolf, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. and Maureen Linker. Hypatia/Committee for the Status of Women Conference, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 28-30 May, 2015.

“Using ‘Shadow Texts’ to Navigate Epistemic Resistance in Feminist Philosophy and Critical Race Philosophy Classes, Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Clearwater, Florida. 2-5 October, 2015. 

“White Talk, Ignorance, and Epistemic Closure,” DePauw University, “Whiteness in America,” Prindle Institute for Ethics, Greencastle, Indiana. 17 September, 2015.
"A Reproductive Approach to Indian Surrogacy Work". Eastern Illinois Department of Philosophy. (2014)
"Reproductive Justice and Transnational Surrogacy". National Women's Studies Association. National Women's Studies Association. (2014)
"White Talk and Epistemic Closure". Society for Women in Philosophy, Central Division. Society for Women in Philosophy. (2014)
"White Talk and Epistemic Closure". North American Society for Social Philosophy. North American Society for Social Philosophy. (2014)
Reconceiving Surrogacy: A Reproductive Approach to Indian Surrogacy Work. University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana and WGS Program. (2013)

Grants & Contracts

GRANTS FOR WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES SYMPOSIA KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michael Kimmel. Sage Trust and Diversity Advocacy. (2013)
GRANTS FOR WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES SYMPOSIA KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michael Kimmel. Sage Trust, Diversity Advocacy, and Fell Trust. (2013)
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