Briana Toole

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
Office Phone
Laura Wooten Hall, Room 309

Briana Toole is an assistant professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. Her research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of race and gender, and social and political philosophy. Briana’s research investigates the role of traditional assumptions regarding knowledge production in reproducing oppression. For the past few years, she has been working to motivate and revitalize a thesis consigned to the margins of philosophy, standpoint epistemology, the view that non-epistemic features (like one’s social identity) make a difference to what one is in a position to know. Her work has appeared in Hypatia, Episteme, and Analysis, and she has also been featured on popular podcasts Examining Ethics and The Unmute Podcast. She is the founder and director of Corrupt the Youth, a program that brings philosophy to high school-aged populations that have been historically excluded from the academy. While at Princeton, she will be working on a project that examines the standards - like civility - to which social and political resistance is held, and the extent to which such standards compromise the radical spirit of resistance.