Department of Philosophy
561 S. Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
Proposed and established the Institute for the History of Philosophy at Emory in 2006.
Research: political ethics, moral philosophy, ethics and social theory, race and gender studies, philosophy and literature, new critical theory, American social thought.
Publications: Author of Irony in the Age of Empire (Indiana, 2008); The Soul of Justice: Social
Bonds and Racial Hubris (Cornell, 2001); Maternal
Ethics and Other Slave Moralities (Routledge, 1995).
Editor of Theorizing Multiculturalism (Blackwell
1998); articles in Cultural Critique, Philosophy
and Literature, Research in Phenomenology, and Journal
in Speculative Philosophy. Articles: "The Seriously Erotic Laughter of Feminist Humor," co-authored with Julie Willett and Yael Sherman in Social Research: An International Quarterly Issue on Politics and Comedy 79, 1: 217-246 (Spring, 2012); "Affect Attunement in the Caregiver-Infant Relationship and Across Species" Press.philoSOPHIA 2.2 (Summer 2012); "Ground Zero for a Post-moral Ethics in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Julia Kristeva’s Melancholic" in Continental Philosophy Review (Winter, 2012). Coauthored essay "Going to Bed White and Waking Up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage" published in Critical Philosophy of Race vol. 2 no. 1, 2014 - More info here. New book Interspecies Living (a serious ethics with a comic twist) is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. She is currently working on two books, The Biosocial Turn and Ethics as Music.
Fellowships and Honors: Co-Director, Society for Phenomenology
and Existential Philosophy; Executive Board, American Philosophical Association (Eastern, 2008-2010); Emory College Winship Distinguished Research Scholar (1998-2001); Chancellor’s Distinguished
Teaching Award at University of Kansas (1995).
Co-editor of the web-based Symposia on
Gender, Race and Philosophy: http://web.mit.edu/sgrp