Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Primary Academic Program: Politics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American and Indigenous Studies
Biography:Professor Inouye is a political theorist and organizer whose scholarship investigates the ways that institutions shape people’s understandings of themselves and the social world, and the practices that allow racially and economically oppressed people to develop and exercise agency. Research interests also include social movements, Black political theory, the history of political thought, and religion and politics. Her dissertation at Yale University, where she was a joint PhD candidate in political theory and religious studies, reconstructs theories of political organizing from the praxis of organizers in the 20th-century U.S. labor and civil rights movements, including William Z. Foster, Saul Alinsky, Myles Horton, and Ella Baker. The dissertation traces the relationship between democratization and subjective transformation in the American organizing tradition and argues that this tradition holds important insights into the modes and ends of democratic participation. Her writing on topics related to her research have been published in Jacobin Magazine and The Forge.
BA, Tufts University; MA, University of Toronto; PhD candidate, Yale University. At Bard since 2021.