Johanna Oksala is a philosopher working in the fields of political philosophy, feminist philosophy, environmental philosophy, Foucault, and phenomenology.
She is currently the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Before coming to LUC, she taught at Pratt Institute (NY, USA), New School for Social Research (NY, USA), University of Helsinki (Finland), and University of Dundee (Scotland, UK).
Oksala is the author of five monographs and over fifty refereed journal articles and book chapters. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is on the editorial board of several academic journals, and has given over a hundred conference papers and invited talks internationally.
Oksala’s books include: Foucault on Freedom (Cambridge UP, 2005), How to Read Foucault (Granta, 2007), Foucault, Politics, and Violence (Northwestern UP, 2012), Political Philosophy: All That Matters (Hodder and Stoughton, 2013), Feminist Experiences (Northwestern UP, 2016).
Oksala’s current research focuses on environmental political theory. She is writing a monograph that explores new ways of linking feminist and ecological critiques of capitalism. Two chapters are published as journal articles: ‘Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology,’ (Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, vol. 33, no: 2, pp. 216-234), and ‘Feminism against Biocapitalism: Gestational Surrogacy and the Limits of the Labor Paradigm’ (Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 44, no: 4, pp. 883-904).