NSSR Philosophy

Month: April, 2013

newschool graduates

Here is an updated list of New School PhDs who have academic appointments. If you are someone whose name is included on this list and you would prefer not to be included, please contact me directly at jumphreys@gmail.com. I will remove your name post haste,  without any resentment and with no questions asked. If you are a New School graduate or know one whose name ought to be on the list, email me or leave a comment below. I won’t promise any action post haste but I will include the name and institutional affiliation on any possible future version of this list.

An earlier instantiation of this list was meant to demonstrate (contrary to some rumors circulating among some graduate students) that NS Philosophy PhDs do in fact hold full-time academic positions, conduct research, and publish  scholarship. It was also meant to supplement the online presence of Philosophy at NSSR. The New School has a website, of course, but it is mainly a kind of glossy advertisement for the current program and has no substantive information about graduates. From the perspective of students, graduation can appear to be a kind of event horizon beyond which, well, New Schoolers appear to be sucked into a black hole, never to be heard from again.

Yet as NS Philosophy slowly becomes a more professionalized, standardized, and conventional program, the goals of the previous instantiation no longer appear to me to be particularly important. True, the NS still does not publish anything on graduate placements.  But what seems more pressing at this point is to stress the heterogeneity of New School Philosophers. NS PhDs do of course do excellent work in German Idealism and Phenomenology but they do a lot of other things, too. This list reflects a wide diversity of research areas and interests, a trend which I anticipate (and hope!) will continue, even in the face of homogenization and professionalization.

New School Philosophy PhDs are a diverse group in other ways, as well. According to this list, they work at 56 different academic institutions,  in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. In fact, I think the list is far from complete and that more information would show a group with an even greater diversity of interests, working in nearly all parts of the world (I am for example almost certain that there are NS Philosophers working in Latin America although that is not reflected here). After all, this list is based only on information that can be found on the internet, not on any information held or published by the New School.

Finally, I should give my thanks to the several commenters who added to the earlier instantiation. The present version would be far less informative without them.

Institution Name and Year Research Area
Bethune-Cookman University Louis Colombo Ethics
Bishop’s University Don Dombowsky Nietzsche
Boston University Henry E. Allison Kant
Aaron Garrett Spinoza, Bayle, Scottish Enlightenment, Philosophy and Race, Medieval and Renaissance
Centenary College New Jersey Christopher Adamo Merleau-Ponty, Intersubjectivity, Alterity
Claremont McKenna College Harry V. Jaffa Professor Emeritus of Government
Clemson University William Maker Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche
College of New Rochelle Jennifer Scuro Phenomenology and Ethics, Feminist Epistemology, Ecological Feminism, Levinas, Arendt
Concordia University Pablo Gilabert,  PhD 2003 Global Justice, Human Rights, Democratic Theory, Frankfurt School, Kant, Marxism
DePaul University Richard Lee,  PhD 1997 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Frankfurt School, Social and Political Philosophy
European College of the Liberal Arts Michael Weinman,  PhD 2005 Greek Philosophy, Political Philosophy
Florida Atlantic University Lester Embree,  PhD 1972 Phenomenology
Georgetown University Gregory Klaas Associate Dean, Research and Academic Programs, Professor of Law
Gordon College Lauren S. Barthold,  PhD 2002 Ethics, Hermeneutics, History of Philosophy, 20th Century Continental
Hobart and William Smith College John Krummel,  PhD 1999 Comparative theology, Phenomenology, Heidegger, Kant, Nietzsche, Kyoto school
Kenyon College Yang Xiao,  PhD 1999 Ethics and Moral Psychology, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Political Philosophy
Lillehammer University College (Høgskolen i Lillehammer) Anstein Gregersen Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Law
Marquette University James Flaherty American Pragmatism and contemporary neo-Pragmatism
Miami University William McKenna Epistemology, Phenomenology, Epistemological aspects of Value Theory
Molloy College Howard Ponzer,  PhD 2004 Kant, Hegel and the 19th century, History of Philosophy
Muhlenburg College Marcia Morgan 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Kierkegaard and Existentialism, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory
New York City College of Technology Laureen Park, PhD 2007 Phenomenology, psychoanalytic thought and metaphysics
New York University Brendan Hogan Philosophy of Social Science, Political Philosophy, Pragmatism
Heidi White History of Philosophy, History of Logic, 19-20th Century Continental, Political Philosophy, American Philosophy
Parsons School of Design Matthew Robb Director, Design and Management
Pennsylvania State University Donald Lindenmuth,  PhD 1981 Ancient Philosophy
Christopher Long,  PhD 1998 Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory
Roanoke College Monica Vilhauer Ethics, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, and 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy
Rochester Institute of Technology Katie Terezakis,  PhD 2004 German Idealism, Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and the Philosophy of Language
Rutgers University* David E. McClean, PhD 2009 Pragmatism, Ethics, Race Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Politics, The Philosophy of Richard M. Rorty
Santa Clara University Joshua Hayes,  PhD 2005 Aristotelian interpretation in Western and Islamic traditions, Heidegger
Sarah Lawrence College Roy Brand Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film and New Media
Seton Hall University Judith Stark Augustine of Hippo, Feminist Theories, and Environmental Issues
Siena College John Blanchard,  PhD 2001 Plato, Aristotle, pre-Socratic Philosophy, metaphysics, Nietzsche, Heidegger, food and politics
Pablo Muchnik,  PhD 2002 Kant, Modern Philosophy, and Political Philosophy
 Fanny Söderbäck,  PhD 2010 French Feminism, Feminist understandings of the categories of space and time
St. Johns College Annapolis William Jon Lenkowski
Matthew S. Linck
Stewart Umphrey
John F. White
St. Johns College Santa Fe Anthony James Carey
Russell Winslow
SUNY Stony Brook Megan Craig Levinas’s Ethics, James, subjectivity and embodiment, Phenomenology and painting
Eduardo Mendieta Global Ethics, discourse Ethics, Critical Theory, and Latin American Philosophy
Temple University Espen Hammer Kant and German Idealism, Social and Political Philosophy, Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Aesthetics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Saulius Geniusas Phenomenology of pain and Phenomenology of music
The University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz Michael Marder, PhD 2007 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy
Tulane University Ronna Burger Ancient Philosophy, Maimonides
United Arab Emirates University Duane Lacey Ancient Philosophy
University of Alaska Anchorage James Liszka,  PhD 1978 Semiotics, Pragmatism
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Sonja Tanner Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and Ethics
University of Houston Sharin Elkholy,  PhD 2003 German Idealism and Romanticism, Philosophy and Literature, Phenomenology
University of Louisville Osborne P. Wiggins Philosophy & Psychiatry, Phenomenology
University of Macau Alexei Procyshyn
Mario Wenning,  PhD 2007 Critical Theory, Comparative Philosophy, 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy, Aesthetics
University of Massachusetts Boston Steven Levine,  PhD 2005 Classical and Contemporary Pragmatism
University of New South Wales Vanessa Lemm,  PhD 2002 Nietzsche, Contemporary Political Thought, Biopolitics, The Animal,  Culture and Memory
Miguel Vatter Republicanism, Biopolitics, Political theology
University of Northern Iowa William W. Clohesy Moral and Political Philosophy, German Philosophy, Pragmatism, Existential Phenomenology
University of Oregon Rocio Zambrana Kant and German Idealism (especially Hegel) and Frankfurt School Critical Theory
University of Toledo Benjamin Grazzini, PhD 2007 Ancient Philosophy
University of Windsor Radu Neculau Social and Political Philosophy and in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy
University of Wisconsin Green Bay Gilbert Null
University of Wisconsin La Crosse Samuel Cocks, PhD 2008 19th/20th Century German Philosophy, as well as Asian Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Aaron Vlasak,  PhD 2007 Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ethics and politics
Vanderbilt University Larry May Collective and shared responsibility, international criminal law
Xavier University Gabriel Gottlieb Kant and German Idealism, Phenomenology and Existentialism, History of Modern Philosophy

*Professor McClean has been appointed to the Board of Governors, NSSR, May 2013 (Three Year Term).


aristide zolberg

Aristide Zolberg,  a true NSSR great, passed away on Friday. Zolberg worked on human migration, an important subject in its own right, which also serves as a lens through which one can view such traditional topics as culture and identity, global economic organization, and the modern state. NS president  Van Zandt circulated a neat eulogy this morning:

We are saddened to share the news that longtime New School professor Aristide R. Zolberg passed away on April 12 at the age of 81. One of the world’s leading scholars of comparative politics and the history, philosophy, and ethics of migration, Ary taught at The New School for Social Research for three decades and authored A Nation by Design, one of the most authoritative accounts of immigration history in the United States.

From an early age, Ary knew the perils of war, ethnic hatred, displacement, and exile. A Polish Jew born shortly before the Nazis came to power in Germany, Ary survived World War II under an assumed Catholic identity in Belgium. After the war, he became a refugee in the United States, and earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. In 1983, Ary joined The New School, where he served as Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Politics, University in Exile Professor Emeritus, and founding director of the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship.

Ary mentored several generations of colleagues and students at The New School, the University of Chicago, and the many other institutions where he held academic appointments. By challenging the status quo with his innovative and thorough examinations of pressing social issues, Ary embodied The New School’s highest values. The humanity and erudition he brought to his research, writing and teaching will be missed by countless colleagues, students, and readers.

Writings by Zolberg that can be found online give at least some sense of his distinctive interests and focus. An article on “Guarding the Gates” discusses anti-immigration responses to the attacks of September 11, 2001. A paper on the “Limits of the Liberal State,” coauthored with Fiona B. Adamson and Triadafilos Triadafilopouloss, treats of boundaries in modern Europe, where “boundary” evokes both territorial demarcations and social norms. Another article, “Changing Sovereignty Games and International Migration” analyzes migration from the historical perspective. These works are basically critical and scholarly in tone and temperament. But Zolberg did not try to hide the normative implications of his analyses. On the contrary, one gets the sense of a scholar whose thoughtful and theoretical work was deeply motivated by his own values.

political concepts

It is not exactly news within the NSSR community but here is a great project that has really captured my imagination over the last couple of weeks. Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon is part philosophy journal, part critical encyclopedia of, well, political concepts.

Edited by the New School’s own Todd Kesselman, each entry  focuses on a single concept, treating it critically and considering its place or possible place within political discourse. This is not simple scholarship but an attempt to start a discussion about terms that are often bandied and rarely understood. Many of the entries are by eminent thinkers –  the first issue has Akeel Bilgrami on Identity and Alice Crary writes on Animals in the latest installment.

Like Wikipedia, Political Concepts makes use of the internet as an open forum in which not just information but ideas can be circulated beyond the limited spaces of the library and classroom. Reading these entries, however, one starts to see that this is not an encyclopedia in the traditional sense of the term. As a “critical lexicon,” Political Concepts serves primarily to start discussions, not to settle facts. As the editorial preface makes clear, “each contribution resituates a particular aspect of political meaning, thereby opening pathways for another future—one that is not already determined and ill-fated.”

Kesselman echoes this statement in an interview in the NSSR graduate newsletter, in which he argues that what makes Political Concepts relevant is its embrace of complexity and nuance. In today’s post-soundbite political discourse, this is certainly a welcome enterprise.