Jennifer Forestal

Jennifer Forestal
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Helen Houlahan Rigali Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Faculty Fellow (2021-2022)
  • "Mute, Block, Unfollow: Technology, Democracy, and the Politics of Opting Out"

Jennifer Forestal is Helen Houlahan Rigali Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. She is a political theorist whose research focuses on democratic practices, with an emphasis on studying the effects of digital technologies for democratic life. Her current research project explores the organizational characteristics required if democratic communities are to generate “buy-in” from their members.

She is the author of Designing for Democracy: How to Build Community in Digital Environments (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) as well as the co-editor of The Wives of Western Philosophy: Gender Politics in Intellectual Labor (Routledge, 2021). Her work has appeared in journals like the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. She has also written for popular media outlets like the Washington Post.

Forestal’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Faculty Resource Network at New York University.