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Research interests

Zöe’s current research is on disability. She is particularly interested in the relationship between capitalism and disability, and on historical and contemporary forms of disability theory and politics. She established and co-ordinates the ‘Disability Studies’ strand of CAPPE, and has organised various research events around this topic.

Zöe also writes on feminist theory and politics, focusing primarily on issues of social reproduction, reproductive politics, and work. She is also interested in the entanglement of gender, sexuality, disability and race, through the history and legacies of public health policies, population control, and eugenics. Alongside Vicky Margree, she co-ordinates the 'Politics of Reproduction' strand of CAPPE.    

Zöe has also written on the politics and aesthetics of contemporary artistic practice, focusing on it's complex ‘global’ character. Her specialism is on the Conceptual Art movement of the 1960s-70s, often taken to be the index of art’s ‘globalisation’. By situating Conceptual Art within a broad and heterogenous ‘conceptualist’ tendency, inherent to postwar art in many parts of the world, Zöe’s work traces the varying manifestations—and resistances—to the conceptual form that emerged through the radical politics and aesthetics of different regions.

Zöe's broader research interests include philosophy, critical theory, the history of capitalism and radical and revolutionary politics. She teaches on both the Humanities and Politics degrees, and is module leader for ‘The History of Sex and Gender,’ and ‘Bodiy Politics, Body Ethics.’

Supervisory Interests

Zöe is particularly interested in supervising MA and PhD theses on disability theory and politics, feminist theory and politics, gender/sexuality studies, capitalism, Marx and Marxism, Kantian and Post-Kantian philosophy, critical theory, philosophical aesthetics and contemporary art.

Scholarly biography

Zöe completed a BA Honours degree in Modern European Philosophy and English Literature at Middlesex University, an MA in Philosophy at King’s College, London and a DPhil in Philosophy at University of Sussex.

Following this, Zöe worked as Research Assistant for Eric Hobsbawm on his final publication 'Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the 20th Century'. 

Zöe was a Visiting Lecturer at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and at the University of Sussex, and worked as a Lecturer in the Humanities department at Brighton for several years before finally taking up her full-time position as Senior Lecturer in 2016.

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