Kathryn Hicks and Sharon Stanley argue that the contemporary moral panic around obesity emerges from and exacerbates neoliberal tendencies that diminish democratic institutions and imaginaries. Given historical associations between race, gender and fatness, the ostensibly neutral language of health deepens existing lines of democratic exclusion
Sharon specialises in political theory and public law.
Her broad research interests focus upon modern and contemporary political thought, with two separate emphases: the Enlightenment, its critics, and its contested legacy, and the politics of racial justice in the United States and throughout the Americas.
She is currently working on a new project that juxtaposes the US discourse of post-racialism to the Brazilian discourse of racial democracy.
Sharon was awarded the Early Career Research Award in 2012, a Dunavant Professorship in 2014–2017, and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.