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Dr. Ladelle  McWhorter
Dr. Ladelle McWhorter
Stephanie Bennett-Smith Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Emerita

McWhorter, Ladelle. "Pleasure in Atrocity." Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30, no. 1 (2016): 104-114. doi:10.1353/jsp.2016.0000.

Post-Liberation Feminism and Practices of Freedom,” Foucault Studies, Vol.16 (September, 2013)

Queer Economies,” Foucault Studies, Vol. 14 (February, 2013)

The Next Fifty Years,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 26, no. 2 (2012): 299-307.

“Whatever is Hardest: Charles Scott’s Practice of Thinking” Epoché 17:1 (Fall, 2012): 39-54.

Normalization and the Welfare State,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, Vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring, 2012): 39-48.

Decapitating PowerFoucault Studies, Vol. 12 (October, 2011)

Racism, Eugenics, and Ernst Mayr’s Account of Species,” Philosophy Today, vol. 54 (SPEP Supp., 2010): 200-207. 

“Darwin’s Invisible Hand: Feminism, Reprogenetics, and Foucault’s Analysis of Neoliberalism,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 48 (September, 2010): 43-63; online at


McWhorter, Ladelle . "From Scientific Racism to Neoliberal Biopolitics." In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race, edited by Naomi Zack, 282-93. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017

McWhorter, Ladelle. Foreword to Feminist Philosophies of Life, by Hasana Sharp and Chloe Taylor, xi-xvi. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.

“Virginia Organizing: The Action is at the State Level,” Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia. Stephen Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith, eds. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, (2012), pp. 183-97. Co-authored with Joe Szakos.

“Enemies of the Species,” Queer Ecologies. Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson, eds. Indiana University Press, 2010, 73-101.

Racism and Biopower” in On Race and Racism in America: Confessions in Philosophy, Roy Martinez, ed. Penn State University Press, 2010, pp. 55-85.

"Racism and Responsibility" in Difficulties of the Ethical Life. Eds. Shannon Sullivan and Dennis Schmidt. Fordham University Press, 2008, 147-161, 227-231

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Birmingham Southern College
Contact Information
402G Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8423
(804) 287-6053 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
20th Century French & German Philosophy
Queer Theory
Political Theory