Expertise

Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Affect Theory, History of Philosophy

Before coming to Southwestern, Katie Howard studied at Emory University (MA and PhD) and Vassar College (BA). Her work in political theory draws on a multidisciplinary background in philosophy, feminist studies, political science, and Arab language and culture studies. 

  • Before coming to Southwestern, Katie Howard studied at Emory University (MA and PhD) and Vassar College (BA). Her work in political theory draws on a multidisciplinary background in philosophy, feminist studies, political science, and Arab language and culture studies. 

  • My earlier research focused on the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt, especially how her theory of action relates to the discussion of ‘statelessness’ in The Origins of Totalitarianism, which concerns the rights of refugees in the 20th century European context. I have also studied how emotion appears in Arendt’s work, and more broadly, the role of emotion in contemporary theories of political action. My current research involves feminist theories of affect, epistemology, and the body, especially as these contribute to political questions about community and resistance. I read these concepts through real and imaginary figures of feminist agency, such as the witch, the killjoy, and the unmarried aunt.

  • Recent publications: 

    “The Apparitions of Emotion: Toward a Performative Affect-Theory of Assembly,” Raisons Politiques (forthcoming in 2019)

     

    “Feminist Political Philosophy,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (co-authored with Noëlle McAfee), 2018. <https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-political/>

     

    “The ‘Right to Have Rights’ 65 Years Later: Justice Beyond Humanitarianism, Politics Beyond Sovereignty,” Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric 10, no. 1 (2017): 79-98.