Fraser, Nancy


Nancy Fraser
Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and Department Chair

Concentrations: Social and political theory; feminist theory; contemporary French and German thought.
Recent Publications:
  •  "Feminism, Capitalism and the Cunning of History," New Left Review 56 (March-April 2009). 
  • Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (2008). Also in Spanish and Chinese translations.
  • Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics (2008), edited by Kevin Olson. Also in Chinese, Korean and Italian translations.
  • Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (2003), co-authored with Axel Honneth. Also published in German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Czech translations.
  • Mapping the Radical Imagination: Between Redistribution and Recognition (2003), in Swedish, Czech and Danish translations.
  • Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (1997). Also published in German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Japanese translations.
  • Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (1994), co-authored with Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, and Drucilla Cornell. Also published in German and Turkish translations.
  • Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory (1989). Also published in German translation.
  • Qu'est-ce que la justice sociale? Reconnaissance et redistribution. Édition établie et introduction par Estelle Ferrarese (Paris: La Découverte, 2005).
  • Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment: Essays for Richard J. Bernstein, co-edited with Seyla Benhabib (2004).
  • Revaluing French Feminism: Critical Essays on Difference, Agency, and Culture, co-edited with Sandra Bartky (1992).


Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, Room 714
New York, NY 10003
Office Hours:
Email Nancy Shealy, secretary at for appointment or check updated listed at Student Advisor's Office
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5747, ext. 3090


Research Interests:

Book-in-progress: Abnormal Justice

An overview of the project of Abnormal Justice can be found in a recently published article: Nancy Fraser, "Abnormal Justice," Critical Inquiry, vol. 34, no.3 (2008): 393-422. 

Recent Presentations/Exhibits:



  • Einstein Visiting Fellow, Einstein Foundation, Berlin, 2011-2012.  Fall 2012 semester - Institute for American Studies, Free University Berlin
  • Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, l'Ecole des hautes etudes en science sociales, Paris, 2008-2010.
  • Spinoza Professor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Spring 2004
  • Jantina Tammes Professor of Gender Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, Spring 2003
  • Research Fellowship, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2004-2005
  • Vice-President and Member, Conseil scientifique, College international de philosophie, Paris, 2003-present.
  • Endowed Lectures 2008-2011: 

     Donald Gordon Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa, April and May, 2011 Humanitas Visiting Professor of Women's Rights, Kings College, Cambridge, UK, March 2011

  • Leibniz Lecture, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 2011
  • Patten Lectures at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, January 2011
  • Messenger Lectures, Cornell University, November 2010
  • Frankfurt Lectures, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, April 2010.
  • Lindner Lecture in Ethics, College of Wooster, November 2009  
  • Nycole Turmel Honorary Lecture, Université du Québec à Montréal, November 2009.
  • Giambattista Vico Lecture, York University, November 2009.
  • Messenger Lectures, Cornell University, October 2009, March 2010.
  • Storrs Lectures, Yale Law School, October 2009.
  • Ernst Fraenkel Lecture, John F. Kennedy-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, May 2009.
  • Jin Yuelin Lectures, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, March 2009.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Lecture, University of Hull, UK, March 2009.
  • Blaise Pascal Lectures, EHESS, Paris, January 2009.

    Conference sessions on Nancy Fraser's recent work:

    • “Scales of Justice,” book session, with papers by Gary Minda, Jason Hill, and Ina Kerner, at Critical Theory conference, Prague, May 2009.
    • “Response to Nash, Couldry, and Cammaerts” at session on “Nancy Fraser’s Transnationalizing the Public Sphere,” Goldsmiths College, London, May 2008.
    • “Dilemmas of Justice in the 21st Century: Gender and Globalization,” three-day seminar on Nancy Fraser’s work, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, December 2007.

    Recent books about Nancy Fraser’s work:

    •   Transnationalizing the Public Sphere: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics, ed. Kate Nash (Polity Press, forthcoming).  
    • Teoría Social y Género: Nancy Fraser y los dilemas teóricos contemporáneos, ed. Adriana Boria and Patricia Morey (forthcoming).  
    •   Nancy Fraser and the Politics of Recognition: Explorations of Difference and Justice, ed. Judith Vega and Baukje Prins (Dutch University Press, forthcoming).   
    • (Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice: Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu, ed. Terry Lovell (Routledge, 2007).

     Journal issues about Nancy Fraser's recent work:

    • European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 6, no.4 (2007). Contains essays by Linda Martin Alcoff, James Bohman, Nikolas Kompridis, Rainer Forst and a reply by Nancy Fraser. 
    • Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 24, no. 4 (2007). Contains Nancy Fraser's essay "Transnationalizing the Public Sphere," and replies by 7 commentators. Includes an interview with Nancy Fraser, "The Politics of Framing," by Kate Nash and Vikki Bell.
    Awards and Honors:


    • Einstein Visiting Fellow, Einstein Foundation, Berlin, 2011-2012.  Fall 2012 semester - Institute for American Studies, Free University Berlin
    • Alfred Schutz Lecture Prize, American Philosophical Association, 2010.
    • Donald Gordon Fellowship, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa, April-June 2011.
    • Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, University of Cambridge, UK, March 2011
    • Awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa, by the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), 2006.
    • Delivered the Gilbert Ryle Lectures, at Trent University, Canada in November 2007.
    CV (pdf):
    Nancy Fraser's Curriculum Vitae

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