•  792
    "How America Disguises its Violence: Colonialism, Mass Incarceration, and the Need for Resistant Imagination"
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2019 (5): 1-20. 2019.
    This paper examines how a delusive social imaginary of criminal-justice has underpinned contemporary U.S. mass incarceration and encouraged widespread indifference to its violence. I trace the complicity of this criminal-justice imaginary with state-organized violence by comparing it to an imaginary that supported colonial violence. I conclude by discussing how those of us outside of prison can begin to resist the entrenched images and institutions of mass incarceration by engaging the work and …Read more
  •  678
    This paper examines the particular relevance of feminist critiques of epistemic authority in contexts of institutionalized violence. Reading feminist criticism of “experts” together with theorists of institutionalized violence, Stone-Mediatore argues that typical expert modes of thinking are incapable of rigorous knowledge of institutionalized violence because such knowledge requires a distinctive kind of thinking-within-discomfort for which conventionally trained experts are ill-suited. The …Read more
  •  568
    Recent decades of women's rights advocacy have produced numerous regional and international agreements for protecting women's security, including a UN convention that affirms the state's responsibility to protect key gender-specific rights, with no exceptions on the basis of culture or religion. At the same time, however, the focus on universal women's rights has enabled influential feminists in the United States to view women's rights in opposition to culture, and most often in opposition to ot…Read more
  •  512
    Challenging Academic Norms: An Epistemology for Feminist and Multicultural Classrooms
    National Women's Studies Association Journal 19 (2): 55-78. 2007.
    Even while progressive educators and feminist standpoint theorists defend the value of marginalized perspectives, many marginal-voice texts continue to be deprecated in academic contexts due to their seemingly "unprofessional," engaged, and creative styles. Thus, scholars who seek to defend a feminist and multicultural curriculum need a theory of knowledge that goes beyond current standpoint theory and accounts for the unorthodox format in which many maringal standpoints appear. In response to…Read more
  •  401
    A Not-So-Global Ethics: Contradictions in U.S. Global Ethics Education
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (1): 43-57. 2011.
    This paper traces the ethnocentric structure of U.S.-published anthologies in global ethics and related fields and it examines the ethical and philosophical implications of such ethnocentrism. The author argues that the ethnocentric structure of prominent work in global ethics not only impairs the field's ability to prepare students for global citizenship but contributes to the ideological processes that maintain global inequities. In conclusion, the author makes a case that fuller engagement wi…Read more
  •  220
    Attending to Others: Simone Weil and Epistemic Pluralism
    Philosophical Topics 41 (2): 79-95. 2013.
    Since the 1980s, feminist epistemologists have exposed the cultural biases that have denied epistemic value to certain epistemic styles and agents while they have explored ways to reclaim the devalued epistemic modes--including more practical, emotionally invested, and community-situated modes of knowing--that many of us have found to be meaningful ways of engaging the world. At the same time, feminist critics have sought not merely to reverse received epistemic hierarchies but to explore more p…Read more
  •  168
    Drawing on the work of Enrique Dussel, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and other scholars of colonialism, this essay traces colonialist legacies in the popular global-ethics literature. I argue that colonialist elements implicit in prominent global-ethics anthologies can foster attitudes of superiority over and aloofness toward economically struggling communities, even when the texts argue for aid to “the global poor.” Finally, I offer suggestions for how those of us who study and teach global ethics in th…Read more
  •  111
    Bringing together the work of Hannah Arendt, poststructuralist and hermeneutic theories of narrative, and feminist standpoint theory, this book examines the role of narrative in both ideological and critical political thinking. The book recasts feminist affirmations (and critiques) of "marginal experience" by situating experience and identity within a theory of narrative and it identifies the specific narrative strategies that impede, and those that facilitate, feminist and democratic struggles…Read more
  •  65
    Women's Rights and Cultural Differences
    Studies in Practical Philosophy 4 (2): 111-133. 2004.
    The rights of women in fundamentalist Muslim countries has become a cause celebre for many North American women; however, the problem of how to balance respect for women's rights and respect for cultural differences remains in dispute, even within feminist theory. This paper explores how U.S. feminists who are serious about supporting the struggles of women across cultural borders might best adjudicate the seeming tension between women's rights and cultural autonomy. Upon examining 4 representat…Read more
  •  52
    Joan Scott's poststructuralist critique of experience demonstrates the dangers of empiricist narratives of experience but leaves feminists without a meaningful way to engage nonempiricist, experience-oriented texts, texts that constitute many women's primary means of taking control over their own representation. Using Chandra Mohanty's analysis of the role of writing in Third World feminisms, I articulate a concept of experience that incorporates poststructuralist insights while enabling a more …Read more
  •  13
    A Not-So-Global Ethics: Contradictions in U.S. Global Ethics Education
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (1): 43-57. 2011.
    This paper traces the ethnocentric structure of U.S.-published anthologies in global ethics and related fields and it examines the ethical and philosophical implications of such ethnocentrism. The author argues that the ethnocentric structure of prominent work in global ethics not only impairs the field's ability to prepare students for global citizenship but contributes to the ideological processes that maintain global inequities. In conclusion, the author makes a case that fuller engagement wi…Read more
  •  8
    Chandra Mohanty and the Revaluing of “Experience”
    Hypatia 13 (2): 116-133. 1998.
    Joan Scott's poststructuralist critique of experience demonstrates the dangers of empiricist narratives of experience but leaves feminists without a meaningful way to engage nonempiricist, experience-oriented texts, texts that constitute many women's primary means of taking control over their own representation. Using Chandra Mohanty's analysis of the role of writing in Third World feminisms, I articulate a concept of experience that incorporates poststructuralist insights while enabling a more …Read more
  •  7
    Masculinity and the War on Terror
    Radical Philosophy Review 19 (2): 541-546. 2016.
  •  4
    Global Ethics, Epistemic Colonialism, and Paths to More Democratic Knowledges
    Radical Philosophy Review 21 (2): 299-324. 2018.
    In recent decades, the literature of global ethics has promoted greater and more rigorous attention to transnational moral responsibilities. This essay argues, however, that prominent global-ethics anthologies remain burdened by Eurocentric/colonialist elements that contradict efforts to build more ethical transnational communities. Drawing on scholars of coloniality, including Enrique Dussel, Anibal Quijano, and Linda Tuhiwai Smith, the essay traces colonialist elements in deep structures of pr…Read more
  • Hannah Arendt and Susan Griffin: Toward a Feminist Metahistory
    In Cecile Tougas & Sara Ebenreck (eds.), Presenting Women Philosophers, Temple University Press. 2000.
    Efforts to introduce particular-focused and emotionally engaged storytelling into historiography have sparked intense debate. Stone-Mediatore argues that women and other under-represented groups have a particular interest in defending the epistemic value of storytelling, but that we can do so meaningfully -- not by endorsing all storytelling -- but only by articulating a metahistory that challenges the division between history and story as well as makes explicit the interrelated epistemic and e…Read more
  • Hannah Arendt, Experience, and Political Thinking: Storytelling as Critical Praxis
    Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook. 1997.
    As theorists including Paul Ricoeur, Seyla Benhabib and Martha Nussbaum have argued, it is only in narratives that the historical world is rendered intelligible, for narratives articulate the human significance of historical experience. Hannah Arendt, in particular, shows how historical narratives bring to bear the meaning of past political phenomena and thereby provide a framework with which we can make sense of the present. However, while these philosophers underscore the centrality of narrati…Read more