Laura Martin

Laura Martin
Collegiate Assistant Professor, Society of Fellows
Gates-Blake Hall, Room 441
Office Hours: Autumn Quarter:
Columbia University, PhD, (2020)
Teaching at UChicago since 2023
Research Interests: Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, 19th- and 20th- century European Philosophy, Frankfurt School Critical Theory

The question that guides my work is how oppressive social contexts diminish our freedom without extinguishing the possibility of collective liberation. Drawing on philosophical resources in the work of thinkers like Hegel, Marx, and Beauvoir, I articulate a conception of social freedom and bring it to bear on contemporary debates in feminist philosophy. To this end, I have written about the way women’s attempts to actualize autonomy can be thwarted by an oppressive social world, and about how oppressive practices co-opt our desires for status and recognition. My current projects include an article about the role the public plays in emancipatory social change, and a book project that seeks to recover a robustly social conception of freedom for feminist theory and practice.

I received my PhD from Columbia University in 2020, with a dissertation entitled The Social Ontology of Systemic Oppression. Before starting my appointment at the University of Chicago in 2023, I taught in the Philosophy Department and the Brady Scholars Program at Northwestern University.


2024 “Toward an Expressivist View of Women’s Autonomy,” Ergo

2022 “Love and Justice in Hegel’s The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate,” The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual, Mohr Siebeck, Ingolf U. Dalferth and Raymond E. Perrier, eds. 351-364.