Assistant Professor of Gender and Peace Studies
Areas of expertise: Intersectionality; capitalism studies; decolonial and postcolonial feminisms; social movements; feminist and queer theory; Marxism; critical prison studies
Ashley J. Bohrer is assistant professor of gender and peace studies. A core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the Keough School, she also is a concurrent faculty member in Notre Dame’s Gender Studies program. A philosopher by training, she earned her PhD in 2016 from DePaul University’s Department of Philosophy. She recently held a multi-year postdoctoral fellowship in public philosophy at Hamilton College. She has studied and taught around the world, including in France, Germany, Lebanon, China, South Africa, and Sweden.
The question that motivates much of Bohrer’s research is: how can we think about the multiple relationships between oppression and exploitation? Her most recent exploration of this question is her book Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism. The book argues that it is only by considering all of the dimensions of race, gender, sexuality, and class within the structures of capitalism and imperialism that we can understand contemporary power relations. It moreover argues that the relationship between oppression and exploitation is both more complex than often supposed, but also more crucial for interrogating that often acknowledged.
In addition to this monograph, Bohrer’s scholarly work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals including Race & Class, Philosophy Today, Interventions: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. Her work also has been translated into Mandarin and Portuguese. As a speaker of French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Arabic, Bohrer incorporates translation into her own scholarly practice. She is currently translating Françoise Verges’ Towards a Decolonial Feminism into English (Pluto Press, 2021).
In addition to academic work, Bohrer is a public intellectual. Her work has been published by Al Jazeera, Truthout, InTheseTimes, and other media outlets.
Book: 2020. Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism. Colombia University Press.