Agatha Slupek is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science specialising in feminist political theory. Agatha's research lies at the intersection of feminist, democratic, and legal theory. Her dissertation titled “Feminism and Fury: Political Difference and Democratic Justice” critically interrogates a dualism that we tend to take for granted: between vengeance, on the one hand, and justice, on the other. Normally construed as opposites with mythical and political roots in Greek society, vengeance and justice appear to be simply two different means by which to achieve an end: the former, private and violent, while the latter, impersonal and procedural. Challenging this common assessment, Agatha's dissertation shows how the dualism between vengeance and justice depends on a process of gendering by which justice becomes equated with resolution in the courts of law. The terrain of justice so-established, she argues, claims to justice that do not find their signification in the individualising language of law come to appear to us as vengeful: as having to do with private harms, rather than with matters of collective democratic concern. Drawing from Ancient Greek tragedy, feminist political theater, and contemporary feminist politics, Agatha show how the process of gendering that establishes the binary opposition between vengeance and justice narrows our imagination of what democratic justice is and ought to be.

Agatha’s project is supervised by Linda Zerilli (Chair), Demetra Kasimis, and Chiara Cordelli. Her research has been supported by The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Department of Political Science, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, and the France Chicago Center.

You can read more about her teaching and research here.