Dr. Bailey’s work as a scholar has proceeded from a feminist perspective that explores gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. Her most recent exploration occurs at the intersection of feminism, pragmatism and Buddhism (included in Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism, Routledge) while another comments on the (trans)gendered symbolism of the Buddhist icon, Kuan Yin (Hypatia). Other work (Hypatia and Ethics and the Environment) has touched on issues associated with animal ethics, articles that explicitly address the confluence of gender, race, and anthropocentrism. Another strand of inquiry is the recovery and reinterpretation of the 19th century African American theorist and activist, Anna Julia Cooper (Hypatia and Philosophia Africana).
Dr. Bailey earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Missouri in 1994 (dissertation: “Feminism, Objectivity and Science”). She is Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Gender and Women's Studies.