Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Primary Academic Program: Politics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American and Indigenous Studies
Biography:Professor Inouye is a political theorist whose scholarship investigates the ways that institutions shape people’s understandings of themselves and the social world, and the practices that allow oppressed people to develop and exercise agency. Her research and teaching areas include social movements, democratic theory, theories of political action, socialism, identity politics, American political thought, and religion and politics. Her current book project, Antinomies of Organizing, reconstructs theories of political organizing from the praxis of organizers in the 20th-century US labor and civil rights movements, including William Z. Foster, Myles Horton, and Ella Baker. The book traces the relationship between democratization and personal transformation in the American organizing tradition and argues that this tradition holds important insights into the modes and ends of democratic participation. Inouye’s writings have been published in academic and popular venues including The American Political Science Review, Boston Review, Jacobin Magazine, The Forge, and The Political Theology Network.
BA, Tufts University; MA, University of Toronto; PhD candidate, Yale University. At Bard since 2021.
Highlights:2022-06-15 — Publication
“Labor’s Militant Minority.” Boston Review, June 15, 2022.
2022-06-04 — Publication
“Between Old and New Gods.” Political Theology Network, June 4, 2022.
2022 — Publication
“Starting With People Where They Are: Ella Baker’s Theory of Political Organizing.” American Political Science Review, Vol. 116, Issue 2, May 2022, pp. 533-546.