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Dr. Alison Bailey

Director - Women's and Gender Studies Program
Philosophy
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Rachel Cooper - RC 233
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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

490Feminist Theories & Methodological Issues

Research Interests & Areas

My interdisciplinary scholarship is rooted firmly in the premises of feminist epistemology. Knowledge is socially situated. Marginalized groups of knowers are positioned to know and experience the world in ways that are structurally invisible to dominant groups. Fresh scholarly approaches to social justice are revealed when inquiry begins in the lives of the marginalized. This familiar cluster of insights has guided my research on reproductive justice, white privilege and moral responsibility, epistemic injustice, epistemologies of ignorance, feminist pedagogy, and philosophical responses to intersectionality. I’m currently at work on three scholarly projects. (1) My most recent project addresses the role of “knowing resistant anger” in response to practices of silencing at the heart of epistemic injustice. (2) I’ve recently completed a pedagogical project that applies the insights from the epistemologies of ignorance literature to track how knowledge and ignorance circulate in philosophy classrooms that address social justice issues. (3) I’m also working on collection of essays The Unlevel Knowing Field: Feminist Meditations on Race, Gender, and Knowledge.

Ph D

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

MA Philosophy

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

BA Philosophy and Art

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA

Book, Authored

Bailey, A. Strategic Ignorance. Nancy Tuana and Shannon Sullivan (EDs), Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. SUNY Press (2007): 77-94.

Book, Chapter

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 (2015): 37-57.
Bailey, A. On Intersectionality and White Feminist Philosophy. George Yancy (EDs). Lexington Books (2010): 51-70.
Bailey, A. Taking Responsibility for Community Violence. Peggy DesAutels and Joanne Waugh (EDs), Feminists Doing Ethics. Rowman and Littlefield (2001): 219-234.
“Whiteness and Metaphysical Comfort,” Thirty-Three Conversations with Philosophers on Race, ed. George Yancy. Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Bailey, A. On Anger, Silence, and Epistemic Injustice. Philosophy Supplemental.84 (2019): 93-115.
Bailey, A. On Anger, Silence, and Epistemic Injustice. Philosophy Supplemental.84 (2018): 93-115.
https://www.pdcnet.org/C1257B82005A7B6C/file/126FC0052B6371FC852583BB004592DF/$FILE/philtoday_2018_0062_0004_0181_0185.pdf
Bailey, A. "The Unlevel Knowing Field: Engaging Dotson’s Third-Order Epistemic Oppression". Social Epistemology (2014)
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.

Textbook, New

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

Presentations

Her Anger Becomes Her: What Anger Taught Me about Injustice. College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer. Illinois State University. (2019)
On Anger, Silence and Epistemic Injustice. The Diversity Question in Feminist Philosophy of Science. Cal State. (2019)
On Silence and Testimonial Injustice. Scott and Heather Kleier Colloquium Series. University Of Georgia Department Of Philosophy. (2019)
How Might We Respond to the Weaponization of Critical Thinking and Skepticism?” Panel on “Inclusivity in the Teaching and Practice of Philosophy,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meetings, Savannah, Georgia, 4 January 2018.
White Talk, Ignorance and Social Justice. Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. Illinois Wesleyan University. (2017)
On Anger and Testimonial Injustice.” Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice, Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, England, 3-4 July.
“Tone Policing and the Anger-Silencing Spiral,” Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice Conference, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, 21-23 September.  
Anger and Epistemic Injustice. Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies. Notre Dame University. (2016)
"What's Wrong with White Talk?". Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series. New Voices on Racial Justice Series. (2016)
“Angry Pluralist Selves,” Panel on the Work of María Lugones, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, Chicago, IL. 3 March 2013
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