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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. She works on social and political theory, feminist theory, and contemporary French and German thought. A recipient of the American Philosophical Association’s 2010 Alfred Schutz Prize and of the Doctor Honoris Causa from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), Professor Fraser held a “Blaise Pascal International Research Chair” at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris in 2008-2010. She has also received fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Bunting Institute, the ACLS, the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, the Wissenchaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the American Academy in Berlin. She has taught at Northwestern University, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt Germany, the University of Paris, the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), and University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca.

    Professor Fraser has delivered numerous endowed lectures, including the Tanner Lecture on Human Values (Stanford), the Spinoza Lectures (Amsterdam), the Miliband Lecture (LSE), the Gilbert Ryle Lectures (Trent), the Mary Wollstonecraft Lecture (Hull), the Jin Yuelin Lectures (Beijing), the Storrs Lectures (Yale Law School), the Messenger Lectures (Cornell), the Giambattista Vico Lecture (York), the Leibniz Lecture (University of Vienna), the Frankfurt Lectures, and the Patten Lectures (Indiana).

    In 2011, she was Humanitas Visiting Professor of Women’s Rights at Kings College, Cambridge University and Donald W. Gordon Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa.

    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

    Current Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Spring 2024

    GPOL 6772, Spring 2024

    GPHI 6159, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Spring 2024

    Reading Marx
    GPHI 6654, Spring 2024

    Reading Marx
    GPOL 6757, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2023

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