Annie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a Dissertation Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. Her work is situated at the intersection of contemporary political theory, feminist theory, and disability studies. Her dissertation, Disability: A Democratic Dilemma brings disability studies into conversation with political theory by drawing upon the resources of feminist political theory, science and technology studies, and economic history. More specifically, she is interested in the ways in which disability studies scholars and activists articulate claims to membership, and why these claims so often serve to reinforce the very structures and assumptions they are meant to oppose. A greater understanding of these dynamics as they play out within disability studies and activism will, she argues, have broader implications for the ways we think about citizenship and equality while also illuminating alternative avenues by which marginalized and excluded groups might achieve civic membership. This project is supervised by Linda Zerilli, Patchen Markell (Cornell), Demetra Kasimis, and Susan Schweik (Berkeley). Additional research interests include: ordinary language philosophy (particularly the thought of Wittgenstein and Cavell), contemporary critical theory, and reproductive justice.

Since 2014 she has served as the coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop at the University of Chicago. Her work at Chicago has been supported by the Department of Political Science, The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Pozen Center on Human Rights. Her CV is available here.

University of Chicago
MA Social Sciences

Harvard College
AB Social Studies