Cathrine Holst is Professor at Department of Sociology and Human Geography and Research Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Research on Gender Equality (CORE) in Oslo. Holst holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway.
Her main fields of interests are knowledge and governance, political epistemology, democratic theory, the role of expertise in the EU, feminist theory and gender policy. Holst participates actively in Norwegian public debates and is frequently consulted as an expert on gender equality, Europeanization and the use of expertise in policy-making. She was a member of the Norwegian Gender+ Equality Commission. Among her recent academic publications are ‘Jürgen Habermas on Public Reason and Religion: Do Religious Citizens Suffer an Asymmetrical Cognitive Burden, and Should They be Compensated?’ (with Anders Molander) in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2015, and ‘The Costs and Benefits of Descriptive Representation: Women’s Quotas, Variations in State Feminism, and the Fact of Reasonable Disagreement’, in Gendered Citizenship (Palgrave, 2016).