BA, Philosophy, and Communications, Gonzaga University, 1979
PhD, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1987
Period and Figures: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Contemporary French Philosophy, particularly Derrida and Kristeva. Topics: Subjectivity, Language, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminism, Theories of Oppression, Film Theory. Read my trajectory of research.
In October 2009, I gave a keynote address at the 25th Anniversary Hypatia Conference in Seattle. The lecture is available as a podcast or you can watch it (and other videos) on my vimeo channel. I was also recently interviewed on the ABC News show "World View." That interview, which focuses on women in the military and my book Women as Weapons of War, can be viewed on the ABC website.
Click Here to hear a lecture I gave at the Vancouver Institute on 10/2/2004: "Conflicted love: Why we feel so unloved and unlovable"
Philosophia Feminist Society
Women: the 'secret weapon' of modern warfare
My latest book is entitled Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment
The central aim of this book is to approach contemporary problems raised by technologies of life and death as ethical issues that call for a more nuanced approach than mainstream philosophy can provide. To do so, it draws on the recently published seminars of Jacques Derrida to analyze the extremes of birth and dying insofar as they are mediated by technologies of life and death. With an eye to reproductive technologies, it shows how a deconstructive approach can change the very terms of contemporary debates over technologies of life and death, from cloning to surrogate motherhood to capital punishment, particularly insofar as most current discussions assume some notion of a liberal individual.
The ethical stakes in these debates are never far from political concerns such as enfranchisement, citizenship, oppression, racism, sexism, and the public policies that normalize them. Technologies of Life and Death thus provides pointers for rethinking dominant philosophical and popular assumptions about nature and nurture, chance and necessity, masculine and feminine, human and animal, and what it means to be a mother or a father.
Earth and World: Sharing Earth Without Sharing A World
Forthcoming Columbia University Press, 2015
In this book Iexplore some philosophical reflections on Earth and World, particularly insofar as they relate to the Globe, and thereby to Globalization. Starting with Immanuel Kant, I follow a path of thinking our relations to each other through our relation to the Earth, from Kant's politics based on the fact that we share the limited surface of the earth, through Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger's warnings that by leaving the surface of the earth, we endanger not only politics but also our very being as human beings, to Jacques Derrida's last meditations on the singular world of each human being. This trajectory leads us from Kant's universal laws that apply to every human being equally because we share the surface of the earth, through Arendt's insistence on a plurality of worlds constituted through relationships between people, and Heidegger's thoroughly relational account of world, to Derrida's radical claim that each singular human being--perhaps each singular living being--constitutes is not only a world, but also the world. In all of these thinkers, we find a resistance to world citizenship and globalism. And yet, there, we also find the resources to think the Earth against the Globe in the hopes of grounding a global ethics on the Earth. The very meaning of Earth and World hang in the balance. So too does our relationship to Earth, World, and to each other.
The guiding question that motivates this book is: How can we share the Earth with those with whom we do not even share a world? The answer to this question is crucial in terms of figuring out whether there is any chance for global peace through, rather than against, both cultural diversity and the biodiversity of the planet. Can we imagine an ethics and politics of the Earth that is not totalizing and homogenizing? Can we develop global ethics and politics that embrace otherness and difference rather than coopting them to take advantage of a global market? How can we avoid the dangers of globalization while continuing to value cosmopolitanism? In various ways, Kant, Arendt, Heidegger and Derrida warn of the dangers of globalism even as they endorse cosmopolitanism. This book is guided by their discussions of Earth and World and our relations to both, not only to clarify these often ambiguous terms in their work, but also to develop ways of reconceiving both ethics and politics in relation to Earth and World.
Little Hans's Little Sister
Julia Kristeva's Maternal Passions in The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Vol. 18, no. 1, 2010.
Enhancing Evolution: Whose Body? Whose Choice? in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 48. Spindel Supplement, 2010.
Animal Ethics: Toward an Ethics of Responsiveness in Research in Phenomenology, 40 (2010) 267-280.
Sexual Difference, Animal Difference: Derrida and Difference "Worthy of Its Name" in Hypatia, Vol. 24, no. 2, 2009.
Technologies of Violence and Vulnerability
Response to Reviews of The Colonization of Psychic Space: Towards a Psychoanalytic Social Theory in Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy, Vol. 4, no. 1, 2008.
Stopping the Anthropological Machine: Agamben with Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty in PhaenEx 2, no. 2, 2007.
Innocence, Perversion, and Abu Ghraib in Philosophy Today, Vol. 19, no. 53, 2007.
Animal Pedagogy: The Origin of 'Man' in Rousseau and Herder in Culture, Theory & Critique, Vol. 47, no. 2, 2006.
The Good Infection in parallax, Vol. 11, no. 3, 2005
Witnessing and Testimony in parallax, Vol. 10, no. 1, 2004
Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment, Fordham University Press, 2013
Knock me up, Knock me down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film, Columbia University Press, 2012.
Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human, Columbia University Press, 2009. (click here for an interview that features Animal Lessons)
Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex and the Media, Columbia University Press, 2007. (click here for an excerpt)
The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory of Oppression, University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2004.
Noir Anxiety: Race, Sex and Maternity in Film Noir, University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Witnessing: Beyond Recognition, University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
Subjectivity Without Subjects, Rowman & Littlefield Press, 1998.
Family Values: Subject Between Nature and Culture, Routledge Press, 1997.
Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy's Relation to the "Feminine", Routledge Press, 1995.
Reading Kristeva, Indiana University Press, 1993.
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva. Edited with Stacy Keltner, SUNY Press, 2009.
Living Attention: Essays in Honor of Teresa Brennan. Edited with Alice Jardine & Shannon Lundeen, SUNY Press, 2007.
Recent French Feminism, Oxford University Press, Fall 2004.
The Portable Kristeva, Columbia University Press, 2002.
Between the Psyche and the Social, Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2002.
The French Feminism Reader, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.
Enigmas: The Writing of Sarah Kofman, Cornell University Press, 1999.
Language and Liberation: Feminism, Philosophy and Language. Edited with Christina Hendricks, State University of New York Press, 1999
Feminist Interpretations of Nietzsche, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
The Portable Kristeva, Columbia University Press, April 1997, pages 398.
Editor’s Introduction, Norwegian translation, Agora, Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon, special issue on Kristeva, 2003, p. 34-52 (this issue made the best-seller’s list in Norway).
Ethics, Politics, and Difference in Julia Kristeva's Writing
Recent Graduate Courses: Freud and his French Readers, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Gender in Hollywood Film, Psychoanalysis, Late Twentieth Century French Philosophy, Kristeva.
Recent Undergraduate Courses: Feminism and Film, Ethics and Animals, Limits of the Human in Philosophy and Film
Above: 2009 Retreat with graduate students in Monteagle, TN.
philoSOPHIA Conference 2011