Laura Martin

Title | Organization: 
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
7th Year Ph.D. Student (Dissertation Phase)

2018-2019 Core Preceptor: Contemporary Civilization

My research lies at the intersection of social ontology and theories of oppression. While many philosophers have asked what makes oppression wrong, I believe that articulating the social character of oppression can help us think clearly about why oppression persists, and the possibilities for its transformation. To this end, my dissertation develops an account of the social ontology of oppression. I argue for a non-dualistic account of oppressive social practices, which captures how social agents can be constrained by oppressive social contexts, while simultaneously retaining their status as agents.   

My other research interests include 19th and 20th century European philosophy, Critical Theory, feminist philosophy, and social and political philosophy broadly construed. I have also taught classes on Existentialism, and on the concept of the public sphere.
Areas of Specialization: 

Social and Political Philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German Philosophy, Continental Philosophy

Representative to the Graduate Student Advisory Council