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Rebecca Reilly-Cooper


Teaching Fellow in Political Theory

Email: r dot reilly-cooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24765 74210
Room: E1.24, Social Sciences Building
Advice and feedback hours: Monday 4-5, Tuesday 11:30-12:30

Personal website

Sex and Gender: A Beginner's Guide


I joined PAIS in 2013 as a Teaching Fellow in Political Theory. Prior to this I taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. I have a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Leeds, and an MA and PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester.

Research interests

I am interested in a wide range of topics in contemporary moral and political theory, but my main areas of expertise are feminist political theory and theories of gender. I am currently writing a monograph on contemporary feminist social and political theory, entitled The Politics of Gender Identity: A Feminist Critique, which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan and will be published in early 2017. The book is a critical examination of recent trends in feminist theory and activism, influenced by queer theory and a form of liberal idealism, that assume the existence of innate and essential gender identities. The book examines the philosophical coherence of these ideas as well as their social, cultural and political implications, and argues that there are both feminist and non-feminist reasons to reject the currently popular notion of gender identity.


I teach on the undergraduate second year module Political Theory from Hobbes, and the third year undergraduate module Issues in Political Theory.

I also teach the postgraduate module Citizenship, Migration, and Cultural Diversity.