Maria Lugones

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María Lugones is an Argentine feminist philosopher, social critic, and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, and of Philosophy, and of Women's Studies at Binghamton University in New York. She developed the idea of Coloniality of gender, a gender binary or heterosexual system in which there are different hierarchies of power and homosexuality or transgender identities are not recognized.

Early life[edit]


Lugones was born in the pampas of Argentina. Her father was the son of a sharecropper and her mother was the daughter of Catalan immigrants. Her father’s parents had been sharecroppers in a province of Buenos Aires, Los Toldos. Both sets of families had been extremely poor and often struggled to make ends meet.


She received her Bachelor of Arts in the field of Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles with magna cum laude. In 1973 she received her Master of Arts in the department of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Shortly after that, in 1978, she received her Doctor of Philosophy from the department of Philosophy with a minor from the department of political science after finishing her dissertation on Morality and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Published works[edit]

Some of Lugones's published work includes:

  • Heterosexualism in the Colonial/modern Gender system - Hypatia vol 22 no 1 (winter 2007)
  • Problems of translation in Postcolonial Thinking - Anthropology News. April 2003. With Joshua Price.
  • The Inseparability of race, class, and gender - Latino Studies Journal. Vol. I #1, Fall 2003. With Joshua Price.
  • Strategies of the Chicana Lesbian - edited by Ma. Louise Keating (forthcoming).
  • Peregrinajes/Pilgrimages: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions - New York: Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2003.
  • Impure Communities - in Diversity and Community: An Interdisciplinary Reader, edited by Philip Anderson. 2002. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • On Maria Pia Lara's Moral Structures - Hypatia, Fall 2000.
  • Wicked Caló: A Matter of the Authority of Improper Words - In Feminist Interpretations of Mary Daly. Edited by Marilyn Frye and Sarah Lucia Hoagland. Penn State University Press, 2000.
  • Tenuous Connections in Impure Communities - Journal of Environmental Ethics, 1999.
  • The Discontinuous Passing of the Cachapera/Tortillera from the barrio to the bar to the Movement - In Daring To Be Good: Feminist Essays in Ethico-Politics. Edited by Ami Bar-On and Aim Ferguson. New York: Routledge, 1998.
  • Motion, Stasis, and Resistance to Interlocked Oppressions - In Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality. Edited by Susan Hardy Aiken, et al. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. 1998.
  • Enticements and Dangers of Community for a Radical Politics - In Blackwell Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Edited by Iris Young and Alison Jaggar. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
  • Hard to Handle Anger - In Overcoming Racism and Sexism. Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
  • ¨Colonialidad y género" - Tabula Rasa. Bogotá - Colombia, No.9: 73-101, julio-diciembre 2008


  • "About APS." The American Philosophical Society'. The American Philosophical Society, 2010. Web. 4 June. 2012.
  • "The Society for Women in Philosophy". The Society for Women in Philosophy. Chris Cuomo, 2007. Web. 4 June. 2012.
  • “Lugones, Maria.” Binghamton University. Binghamton University, State University of New York. Web. 4. 2012.
  • Lugones, Maria. “Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System.” Hypatia 22.1 (2007): 186-209. Print.
  • Lugones, Maria. “Playfulness, “‘World-Traveling’, and Loving Perception.”Hypatia 2.2 (1987): 3-19. Print.
  • Lugones, Maria . Personal Interview. 5 June 2012.