My primary research interests revolve around problems of sociality, embodiment, gender, and language. I approach these questions by drawing on a number of philosophical traditions (phenomenology, structuralism and post-structuralism, feminism, the dialogical tradition), and I seek to combine reflective and empirical approaches whenever possible. I especially engage contemporary authors such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Beauvoir, Buber and Levinas, J. L. Austin, Derrida, Bourdieu, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, and most recently, the philosophy of language by Ferdinand de Saussure.
As a recipient of the 2009-11 Humboldt fellowship for advanced researchers at the U. of Heidelberg, Germany, I completed my second book: Saussure's Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology. Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics (Oxford UP, 2015).
Saussure's Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology
Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics
Saussure's Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology. Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics. Oxford UP, 2015 (304pp).
Between You and I: Dialogical Phenomenology. Ohio UP, 2009 (240pp.).
2015. Strange Life of a Sentence: Saussurean Doctrine and its Discontents. Philosophy Today, Vol. 59: 2 (in press).
2015. Feminist Phenomenology. Philosophy Compass (forthcoming).
2015. Derrida and Saussure on Entrainment and Contamination. Shifting the Paradigm from the Course to the Nachlass. Continental Philosophy Review (in press).
2013. 'Uncanny Errors, Productive Contresens. Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenological Appropriation of Ferdinand de Saussure's General Linguistics'. CHIASMI International, 15, 151-165.
2009. Dialogue at the Limit of Phenomenology. CHIASMI International, 11, 145-156.
2009. Merleau-Ponty and Sartre in Response to Cognitive Studies of Intersubjectivity. Philosophy Compass, 4:2, 312-328.
2008. Feeling Good Vibrations in Dialogical Relations. Continental Philosophy Review, 41:2, 217-236.
2008. You and I, Here and Now. Spatial and Social Connectedness in Deixis. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 16:4, 399-418.
2007. Seeing Faces. Sartre and Imitation Studies. Sartre Studies International, 13:2, 27-46.
2006. Mutual Gaze and Social Cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 5:1, 17-30.
2005. Defining Imagination. Sartre between Husserl and Janet. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4:2, 133-153.
2004. Merleau-Ponty in Dialogue with the Cognitive Sciences in Light of Recent Imitation Research.Philosophy Today, 47:5, 89-99.
2004. Anonymity and Sociality. The Convergence of Psychological and Philosophical Currents in Merleau-Ponty's Ontological Theory of Intersubjectivity. CHIASMI International, 5, 295-309.
2003. Facial Embodiment in 'Invisible' Imitation. Theoria et Historia Scientiarum: International Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 7:1, 139-162.
2002. Memory and Subjectivity: Sartre in Dialogue with Husserl. Sartre Studies International, 8:2, 94-111.
2002. Reversibility and Intersubjectivity in Merleau-Ponty's Ontology. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 33:2, 155-166.
2001. Pictorial Representation or Subjective Scenario? Sartre on Imagination. Sartre Studies International, 7:2, 87-111.
BOOK CHAPTERS (SELECTION)
2015. Unhappy Speech, and Hearing Well. Contributions of Feminist Speech Act Theory to Feminist Phenomenology. Future Directions of Feminist Phenomenology. Ed. Helen Fielding and Dorothea Olkowski, Indiana UP (forthcoming).2015. Linguistic Encounters: the Performativity of Active Listening. Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters. Ed. Luna Dolezal and Danielle Petherbridge, SUNY Press (forthcoming).2015. Language as Poeisis. Unexpected Alliances between Saussure and Kristeva. New Forms of Revolt: Kristeva's Intimate Politics. Ed. Kelly Oliver, SUNY Press (forthcoming).2013. Sartre and Husserl's Ideen: Phenomenology and Imagination. Sartre – Key Concepts. Ed. Jack Reynolds and Steve Churchill. Acumen Press.2010. Mutual Gaze and Intersubjectivity. Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science. D. Schmicking and S. Gallagher (eds). Springer, 269-282.2008. Merleau-Ponty and Psychoanalysis. Merleau-Ponty – Key Concepts. R. Diprose and J. Reynolds (eds). Acumen Press, 57-69.2007. Persons, Pronouns, and Perspectives. Linguistic and Developmental Contributions to Dialogical Phenomenology. Folk Psychology Reassessed. M. Ratcliffe and J. Hutto (eds). Springer, 79-99.
2006. From the Body Proper to Flesh: Merleau-Ponty on Intersubjectivity. Feminist Interpretations of Merleau-Ponty. PennStateUniversity Press. D. Olkowski and G. Weiss (eds), 91-106.
2004. The Body, the Mirror and the Other in Merleau-Ponty and Sartre. Ipseity and Alterity: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intersubjectivity. Presses Universitaires de Rouen. S. Gallagher and S. Watson (eds), 175-186.2004. Worlds Apart? Sartre's and Merleau-Ponty's Transition from Transcendental to Ontological Perspective on the Nature of the World. Does the World Exist? A. T. Tymieniecka (ed). Analecta Husserliana, 79, 239-258.
Member of the Board of Advisors: Association for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Book Review Editor: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
Co-director: Society for Interdisciplinary Feminist Phenomenology.
My teaching interests lie in the area of phenomenology, philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology, including the philosophy of psychoanalysis, feminist philosophy, the dialogic tradition in philosophy, deconstruction, modern philosophy and metaphysics.
I have taught author courses on Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Levinas, Freud, Derrida, and Berkeley.
Courses offered at the University of Oregon:
Philosophy of Mind
History of Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Dialogue
The Dialogic Tradition
PHIL 311 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 463/563 20th-Century Philosophers: Kristeva
PHIL 311 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 415 Continental Philosophy: Topic TBA
PHIL 615 Continental Philosophy: Topic TBA