Dr. Alison Bailey
Alison Bailey is a Professor of Philosophy at Illinois State University where she directs the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
391.001Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Seminar
490.001Feminist Theories & Methodological Issues
Teaching Interests & Areas
Feminist Philosophy and Theory, Philosophy of Race, Reproductive Justice, Epistemologies of Ignorance.
Research Interests & Areas
Dr. Bailey’s scholarship engages issues at the intersections of feminist theories, philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and social epistemology (especially epistemic injustice and ignorance). She gave the spring College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture in 2020. Her recent work on anger and epistemic injustice appears in the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s supplemental volume on “The Harms and Wrongs of Epistemic Practice,” and in The Logic of Racial Practice: Embodiment, Habitus, and Implicit Bias. She co-edited The Feminist Philosophy Reader (2007) with Chris J. Cuomo. Her forthcoming book, The Weight of Whiteness: Feminist Engagements with Privilege, Race, and Ignorance (Lexington Books, 2020) is framed as a series of invitations to wade slowly and mindfully into the inherited weight of whiteness and to hold space with the ways that white supremacy works to anesthetize white people from the damage it does to our collective humanity.