Susan Moller Okin, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and a professor of political science at Stanford University, is a political theorist whose work has focused on the exclusion of women from most Western political thought, past and present. In Women in Western Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 1979), Justice, Gender, and the Family (Basic Books, 1989), and Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? (Princeton University Press, 1999), she analyzes and critiques theories from a feminist point of view.
Okin will spend part of her year as a Radcliffe fellow expanding on her recent writing about gender, economic-development theories and policies, and women’s human rights in the late twentieth century. She intends also to collect her work on multiculturalism and feminism in a volume. Finally, she hopes to approach the subject of evolutionary biology from a feminist point of view, primarily by looking at the ways in which research findings are presented to the nonscientific public.
Okin received her PhD from Harvard University in 1975. For Justice, Gender, and the Family, she was corecipient of the Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women in politics published in 1989. She has delivered a number of endowed lectures, including the Messenger Lectures at Cornell University, the Gilbane Lectures at Brown University, and the Helen Homans Gilbert Prize Lecture at Harvard University. Her previous research and writing have been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and by Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.