Katrina Forrester is Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University. She is a political theorist and intellectual historian with research interests in twentieth-century social and political theory, particularly the history of liberalism, Marxism and feminism, and in theories of work and capitalism.
Forrester's first book, In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy (Princeton University Press, 2019) is a history of how political philosophy was transformed by postwar liberalism, John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, and the rise of liberal egalitarianism. She is the co-editor of Nature, Action and the Future: Political Thought and the Environment (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and her research has appeared in the Historical Journal, Modern Intellectual History, Climatic Change, European Journal of Political Theory, and in a number of edited volumes.
She is currently working on a book project on Feminism and the Transformation of Work, and a related set of essays on feminism, sex, and the state. She has also written on a variety of topics - including pornograpy, sex work, policing, surveillance, happiness, the gig economy, privacy, and critiques of capitalism and liberalism - for The New Yorker, London Review of Books, Harper's, The Guardian, The Nation, Dissent, n+1, The New Statesman, Cambridge Literary Review, Boston Review, and Political Quarterly.
Forrester received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013, held a research fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge in 2012-14 and a permanent lectureship at Queen Mary University of London until 2017. She is a Faculty Affiliate of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexualty, the Safra Center for Ethics, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.