Marie Draz, Associate Professor

Marie DrazOffice: AL 429 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Marie Draz’s research focuses on the social, political, and ethical implications of how gender is lived and understood today. Trained in both philosophy and the interdisciplinary field of gender studies, Prof. Draz pursues this broad area of scholarly interest through specializations in feminist philosophy, critical theory (especially transgender, decolonial, and queer theory), and continental philosophy. Drawing on the analytical tools of these fields, she asks how and why meanings of gender have shifted over time, paying particular attention to how gender intertwines with other salient categories of difference such as race and sexuality to enable or constrain one’s possibilities in the world. Several of her published articles have taken up the question of how the state and institutional administration of sex/gender categories (e.g. gender markers on identity documents) is inflected by the racial and colonial history of contemporary concepts of gender. Her research further highlights the challenges posed to longstanding scholarly and popular views of gender by the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. Across her work on these topics, she also frequently engages philosophical questions related to time and temporality. 

At SDSU, Prof. Draz regularly teaches Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics, Women and Philosophy, Queer Theory, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, as well as graduate seminars on feminist philosophy. She is committed to working with members of groups currently underrepresented in philosophy and has served as a teaching assistant for the Philosophy in a Key Summer Institute Program and a mentor for The Job Candidate Mentoring Program in Philosophy. Prof. Draz is currently serves as the Director and Program Advisor for SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program.

Draz, Marie. “Realness as Resistance: Queer Feminism, Neoliberalism, and Early Trans Critiques of Butler,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2022), In press. 

Draz, Marie. “Retro-Sex, Anti-Trans Legislation, and the Colonial/Modern Gender System,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism (SUNY Press, Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall 2021). 

Draz, Marie. “Continental Feminist Philosophy and Queer Theory/Queer of Color Critique,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (2020) 

Draz, Marie and B. Tamsin Kimoto, “Continental Feminist Philosophy and Trans Theory,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2020)

Draz, Marie. “From Duration to Self-Identification? The Temporal Politics of the California Gender Recognition Act,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke University Press, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2019), 593-607.*

*Discussed in a blog for the American Philosophical Association: Draz, Marie. “‘This Bill Would Create a Crime’: Time, State Practices, and the California Gender Recognition Act,” American Philosophical Association Blog, December 2019

Draz, Marie. “Burning it in? Nietzsche, Gender, and Externalized Memory,” Feminist Philosophy Quarterly (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018), 1-21. 

Draz, Marie. “Colonialism,” Gender: Time, ed. Karin Sellberg. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks (Macmillan Reference USA, 2018), 219-231. 

Draz, Marie. “Born this Way? Time and the Coloniality of Gender,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy SPEP Special Issue (The Pennsylvania State University Press, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2017), 372-384. 

Draz, Marie. “On Gender Neutrality: Derrida and Transfeminism in Conversation,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 7.1 (SUNY Press, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2017), 91-98. 

Draz, Marie. “The Queer Heroics of Butler’s Antigone,” in The Returns of Antigone: Interdisciplinary Essays, eds. Tina Chanter and Sean Kirkland (Albany: SUNY Press, 2014), 205-219. 

Draz, Marie. “Transitional Subjects: Gender, Race, and the Biopolitics of the Real,” in Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach, eds. Namita Goswami, Lisa Yount, and Maeve O’Donovan (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014, reprinted Routledge, 2016), 117-131.