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    Henry A and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science


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    Nancy Fraser


    Nancy Fraser is the Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research and a member of the Editorial Committee of New Left Review. Trained as a philosopher, she specializes in critical social theory and political philosophy. Widely known for her work on the relation between redistribution and recognition in the theory of justice, she works now on the relation of capitalism to racial oppression, social reproduction, ecological crisis, feminist movements, and the rise of rightwing populism.

    Fraser’s newest book is Cannibal Capitalism: How Our System Is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet—and What We Can Do About It (Verso, 2022). Other recent books include Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, co-authored with Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya (Verso, 2019); The Old is Dying (Verso, 2019); and Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi (Polity Press, 2018).

    Fraser’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and was cited three times by the Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court–in opinions upholding marriage equality, affirmative action, and Afro-descendant collective land rights. A Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, she is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Alfred Schutz Prize for Social Philosophy, the Nessim Habif World Prize, and the Nonino Prize 2022 “Master of our Time.”  

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1980, City University of New York

    Recent Publications

    Books and Edited Volumes

    Cannibal Capitalism: How Our System Is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet—and What We Can Do About It (Verso, 2022)

    Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019), co-authored with Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya.

    Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory (Polity, 2018), co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi.

    Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso, 2013).

    Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (Polity, 2008). Also in Spanish and Chinese translations.

    Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics (Verso, 2008), edited by Kevin Olson. Also in Chinese, Korean and Italian translations.

    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 (MIT Press, 2004).

    Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (Verso, 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 (Cambridge, 2003), in Swedish, Czech and Danish translations.

    Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (Routledge, 1997). Also published in German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Japanese translations.

    Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (Routledge, 1994), co-authored with Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, and Drucilla Cornell. Also published in German and Turkish translations.

    Revaluing French Feminism: Critical Essays on Difference, Agency, and Culture, co-edited with Sandra Bartky (Indiana University Press, 1992).

    Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 1989). Also published in German translation.


    Selected Articles and Chapters

    "From Progressive Neoliberalsim to Trump -- and Beyond," American Affairs Vol. 1, No. 4 (Winter 2017) pp. 46-64

    "A New Form of Capitalism? A Reply to Boltanski and Esquerre," New Left Review, Issue 106, pp. 57-65, 2017.

    "A Tale of Two Cities - and Three Generations," Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 43(3), pp. 264-265, 2017.

    "Crisis of Care? On the Social-Reproductive Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism," in Tithi Bhattacharya (ed.), Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentring Oppression. University of Chicago, 2017)

    "Progressive Neoliberalism vs. Reactionary Populism: A Hobson's Choice," in Heinrich Geiselberger (ed.), The Great Regression. Wiley, 2017.

    "Contradictions of Capital and Care," New Left Review, 100, 2016.

    "Expropriation and Exploitation in Racialized Capitalism: A Reply to Michael Dawson," Critical Historical Studies, Vol.3(1), 2016.

    "Feminism's Two Legacies: A Tale of Ambivalence," South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol.114(4), 2015.

    "Legitimation Crisis? On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism," Critical Historical Studies, Vol. 2(2), 2015.

    "Behind Marx's Hidden Abode," New Left Review, 86, 2014.

    "A Triple Movement," New Left Review, 81, 2013.

    "Tales from the Trenches: On Women Philosophers, Feminist Philosophy, and the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy," Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 26(2), 2012.

    "Injustice at Intersecting Scales: On 'Social Exclusion' and the 'Global Poor,'" European Journal Of Social Theory, Vol. 13(3), 2010.

    "Feminism, Capitalism and the Cunning of History," New Left Review (2009). 

    Research Interests

    Social and political theory; feminist theory; contemporary French and German thought

    Awards And Honors


    • Nonino Prize ‘Masters Of Our Time’ 2022
    • Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, 2018
    • Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship, Havens Center for Social Justice, University of Wisconsin, 2018
    • Nessim Habif World Prize, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, 2018
    • Doctor Honoris Causa, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2014
    • Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014
    • International Research Chair in Social Justice, Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, 2011-2016 
    • Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata,” Frankfurt, 2013
    • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Fellow, November-December 2012
    • Einstein Visiting Fellow, JFK Institute for American Studies, Frei Universität, Berlin, 2010-2012
    • Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, University of Cambridge, UK, March 2011
    • Doctor Honoris Causa, Roskilde University, Denmark, 2011
    • Donald Gordon Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa, 2011
    • Alfred Schutz Prize in Social Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, 2010
    • Chaire Blaise Pascal, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 2008-2010
    • Awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa, by the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), 2006

    Future Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Imperialism: Theory & History
    GPOL 5108, Spring 2025

    Imperialism: Theory & History
    GHIS 5108, Spring 2025

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPOL 6799, Spring 2025

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPHI 6799, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    GPOL 6772, Spring 2024

    GPHI 6159, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Reading Marx
    GPOL 6757, Spring 2024

    Reading Marx
    GPHI 6654, Spring 2024

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