Hirschmann borrows from feminist theory to consider how the understanding of freedom has developed. She reimagines the philosophical understanding of what the will is and how it relates to ideas of freedom in light of new insights from the field of disability studies.
Hirschmann’s work focuses on the history of political thought, analytical philosophy, feminist theory, the intersection of political theory and public policy. Her current work centers on disability, particularly disability rights and theory.
This year Hirschmann’s research to advance understanding of the connection between the body, freedom and the will has been recognized by several scholarly organizations and institutions.
Hirschmann’s publications include Political Theory Meets Disability, co-edited with Barbara Arneil and published this year; Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership and Belonging, co-authored with Beth Linker, an associate professor in Penn’s History and Sociology of Science Department; and Gender, Class and Freedom in Modern Political Theory.