I completed my DPhil at the University of York on conceptions of autonomy in the context of debates surrounding multiculturalism. I joined Politics at Stirling in 1996, prior to which I taught at the University of Manchester.
My main research interests lie within the area of liberal political philosophy, with a focus on questions of legitimacy, democratic participation and citizenship in contemporary pluralist liberal democracies. My recent research has focus on the relationship between gender equality and cultural justice and the implications of potential tensions between these concepts for liberal democracies committed to a more inclusive notion of citizenship that recognises diversity. Currently I am engaged in a project on the role of religion in the liberal public realm. This project critically examines the manner in which the separation between state and church has been conceived in contemporary liberal political thought and explores the implications of these frameworks for the rights and duties of religious and secular citizens.
Recent publications available on STORRE include:
‘Empowering Minority Women: Autonomy versus Participation’, Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 11, No 3, 2012. ‘
The Use of Public Reason by Religious and Secular Citizens: Limitations of Habermas’ Conception of the Role of Religion in the Public Realm’ Constellations, Vol.18, No 2, 2011.
‘Gender, Culture and the Politics of Identity in the Public Realm’, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, 12 (2), 2009.
Baumeister A (2011) Diversity and Equality: 'Toleration as Recognition' Reconsidered. In: Mookherjee M (ed.) Democracy, Religious Pluralism and the Liberal Dilemma of Accommodation. Studies in Global Justice, Volume 7. Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer, pp. 103-117. http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/political+science/book/978-90-481-9016-4; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9017-1
Baumeister A (2011) The Use of "Public Reason" by Religious and Secular Citizens: Limitations of Habermas' Conception of the Role of Religion in the Public Realm. Constellations, 18 (2), pp. 222-243. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8675.2011.00635.x
Baumeister A (2009) Gender, culture and the politics of identity in the public realm. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 12 (2), pp. 259-277. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230902892176
Baumeister A (2008) Multiculturalism without culture. Review of: Anne Phillips, MULTICULTURALISM WITHOUT CULTURE, Princeton, NJ, and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2007, 202 pp. 978-0691141152. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31 (6), pp. 1177-1178.
Baumeister A (2006) Gender equality and cultural justice: How thin is Nussbaum's universalism?. In: Haddock B, Roberts P & Sutch P (eds.) Principles and Political Order: The Challenge of Diversity. Routledge Innovations in Political Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 147-159. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415384629/
Baumeister A (2006) Diversity. Review of: Davina Cooper, Challenging diversity: rethinking equality and the value of difference, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004, x/pp.235. ISBN 978-0521539548
Chandran Kukathas, The liberal archipelago: a theory of diversity and freedom, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, xii/pp. 292, ISBN 9780199257546
Avigail Eisenberg and Jeff Spinner-Halev (eds), Minorities within minorities: equality, rights and diversity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005, xii/pp. 390. ISBN 9780521843140. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29 (4), pp. 749-752. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870600665235
Baumeister A (2003) The limits of universalism. In: Haddock B & Sutch P (eds.) Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights. Routledge Innovations in Political Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 111-125. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415315142/
Baumeister A (2001) Liberal Citizenship and Feminism. In: Evans M (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism. London: Routledge, pp. 75-85. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781579583392/
Baumeister A (2001) Obligations of citizenship and demands of faith: religious accommodation in pluralist democracies. Review of: Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith: Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies, Nancy L Rosenbaum (ed.), Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000, 438 pp, ISBN 978-0691007083. Political Studies, 49 (2), pp. 345-346. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.00318
Baumeister A (2000) Kant: the Arch-enlightner. In: Geras N & Wokler R (eds.) The Enlightenment and Modernity. Houndsmill: Macmillan Press, pp. 50-65. http://us.macmillan.com/theenlightenmentandmodernity/NormanGeras
Baumeister A (1999) Multicultural Citizenship, Identity and Conflict. In: Horton J & Mendus S (eds.) Toleration, Identity and Difference. Houndsmill: Macmillan Press, pp. 87-102. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=258584
Baumeister A (1996) Pornography and civil rights: The liberal case against pornography. Review of: The Problem of Pornography: Regulation and the Right to Free Speech, Susan M. Easton, London and New York: Routledge, 1994, 216pp, ISBN 978-0-415-09182-4; Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties -- a Radical New View, Catherine Itzin (ed.), NewYork: Oxford University Press, 1993, 654pp, ISBN 978-0198257554. Res Publica, 2 (2), pp. 205-214. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02340092