Bonnie Marilyn Washick

 Bonnie Washick

Contact Information

1407 W. Gregory Dr.
420 David Kinley Hall
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • Mondays, 3:30-4:30p.m. (Spring 2018)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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I'm a researcher and teacher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Research Interests

  • Political Theory
  • Feminist Political Thought
  • Queer Political Thought
  • Publics and Counterpublics

Research Description

I research the contemporary politics of public speech. My doctoral thesis traced the development of collaborative, formally open-access, feminist forums and blogs termed “safe spaces” over more than thirty years. A recently published chapter in an edited volume explored what happens when a digital feminist communicative practice - namely, the use of "trigger warnings" - migrates from niche social media to new sites, digital and otherwise. Although digital platforms remain central to my research, my work touches on other, perhaps surprising means of public communication, such as the use of yard signs by U.S. veterans to publicize the durable effects of war-related PTSD.