Johanna Oksala

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Associate Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies (718) 636-3567 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

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Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 2003.


Johanna Oksala is a philosopher specializing in political philosophy, feminist philosophy, environmental philosophy, Foucault, and phenomenology.

She has published five monographs and over fifty refereed journal articles and book chapters in her areas of expertise. Her 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). For more information on her publications, please go to:

Her current research focuses on environmental political theory. She is writing a monograph that explores new ways of connecting feminist and ecological critiques of capitalism. Two chapters are published as journal articles: Affective Labor and Feminist Politics, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 41, no: 2, and Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, vol. 33, no: 2.

Before coming to Pratt, Oksala taught at University of Dundee, UK, University of Helsinki, Finland, and The New School for Social Research, USA.