Katrina Forrester is the John L Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Government and Committee on Social Studies at Harvard University. She is a political theorist and historian with research interests in twentieth-century and contemporary social and political theory – particularly in the history of liberalism and the left in the postwar US and Britain; Marxism, feminism, and psychoanalysis; climate politics; and theories of work and capitalism. Forrester’s first multi-award winning book In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy (Princeton, 2019) is a history of contemporary liberal political philosophy in the US and Britain.


Katrina Forrester’s research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Historical Journal, Modern Intellectual History, Climatic Change,  Analyse & Kritik,  European Journal of Political Theory, Review of Politics, and in a number of edited volumes.  Forrester is the co-editor of Nature, Action and the Future: Political Thought and the Environment (Cambridge, 2018), and has written about politics and the history of ideas for publications such as The New Yorker, London Review of Books, Harper’s, n+1, The Guardian, The Nation, Dissent, Jacobin, and The New Statesman. Forrester is currently working on a book about the politics of Marxist feminism and its theories of deindustrialisation, which explores a range of anti-capitalist feminist strategies for seeking revolutionary reforms and transforming work and life, from political demands, sabotage, and squatting, to strikes and city councils.  Her Quentin Skinner Lecture in June 2023 will draw from this project.


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