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Maggie O'Brien - March 1st 1PM ET

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Maggie O'Brien researches and teaches in feminist, legal, and political philosophy. She is particularly interested in the questions that come up at the intersection of these areas. Her current work is on standing—both legal standing and moral and political standing. Standing (to a first approximation) means the right to perform certain sorts of speech-acts. She is developing a feminist case for a skeptical view about the value of standing norms according to which they are pernicious, especially to women and other marginalized groups.

Before starting at York, she taught at the University of Edinburgh in both the Law School and Philosophy Department. She received her PhD in philosophy from McMaster University in 2016 and completed a Masters in Studies in Law from the University of Toronto in 2017.

To read her analysis of one commonly used by unjustified standing norm, go here: Full article: Easy for You to Say (

For her thoughts on hypocrisy in politics, see here: Maggie O’Brien & Alexandra Whelan, Hypocrisy in Politics - PhilPapers



Ine Goovaerts is a post-doctoral researcher in the M²P research group at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her main fields of interest are political communication and polarization. She mainly studies the evolution, determinants and effects of political incivility and argumentation quality in political speech, as well as the causes and consequences of (affective) polarization.

See her thoughts on the way context shapes incivility here: How Contextual Features Shape Incivility Over Time: An Analysis of the Evolution and Determinants of Political Incivility in Televised Election Debates (1985–2019) - Ine Goovaerts, Emma Turkenburg, 2023 (

Look here for her research on how the media's focus on incivility impact political trust: Highlighting Incivility: How the News Media’s Focus on Political Incivility Affects Political Trust and News Credibility - Ine Goovaerts, 2022 (

See here for a paper on uncivil communication and simplistic argumentation: Uncivil Communication and Simplistic Argumentation: Decreasing Political Trust, Increasing Persuasive Power?: Political Communication: Vol 37, No 6 (

See here for research on the influence of the electoral system and populism on deliberation: Deliberative qualities in televised election debates: the influence of the electoral system and populism: West European Politics: Vol 43, No 6 (

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