Dr. Suzanna Walters (professor of sociology, director of the WGSS program, and editor-in-chief of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society) has written an editorial for The Chronicle of Higher Education in which she criticizes the “firestorm of condemnation” that was unleashed in response to an article published in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. The article in question, Walters writes, “uses the case of Rachel Dolezal as an entry point to explore questions of identity, the body, biological determinism, social constructionism, and analogies between racial and gender classification.”
Citing numerous concerns, academics circulated a petition to retract the article, and Hypatia‘s Board of Associate Editors issued a public apology on the journal’s Facebook page. Dr. Walters defends Rachel Tuvel, the article’s author and a professor of philosophy at Rhodes College, against the harsh criticism her article received. Read the editorial here!