Rose Owen is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science specializing in feminist political theory. Rose’s work brings together democratic political theory, aesthetics, and ordinary language philosophy to engage with 20th century feminist thought. Her dissertation, Cultivating Solidarity against Tyranny: Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker on the Politics of Feminist Literature, argues that the genre distinction between literature and theory perpetuates the exclusion of women and people of color from the political theory canon. Starting with Woolf’s diagnosis of the link between patriarchal violence and the rise of fascism, the project then turns to Beauvoir’s concept of solidarity, and Walker’s exploration of gardening, to theorize a democratic feminist politics. Each thinker contends that an alternate way of reading is necessary to see the forms of intimate violence that prevent women from entering the public realm and acting politically. This project is supervised by Linda Zerilli (chair), Demetra Kasimis, Adom Getachew, and Toril Moi (Duke).

Rose holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA from Wellesley College. Her Master’s Thesis, “The Birth of Tragedy as the Death of Politics: ‘Gender Trouble’ and the Founding of Democratic Publics in Euripides’ Bacchae,” won the Joseph Cropsey prize for best Master’s Thesis in Political Theory. This year, Rose is also coordinating the Political Theory Workshop, teaching in the Classics of Social and Political Thought core sequence, and participating in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality as a Residential Fellow.