Independent Study and Dissertation Directors

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Ewa Ziarek

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Ewa Ziarek

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Khwezi Mkhize

Khwezi Mkhize received his PhD in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is currently lecturer in the Department of African Literature at Wits University, Johannesburg, and co-editor of the journal African Studies.

Khwezi Mkhize

Khwezi Mkhize received his PhD in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is currently lecturer in the Department of African Literature at Wits University, Johannesburg, and co-editor of the journal African Studies.

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Margarita Palacios

Margarita Palacios (PhD New School for Social Research, New York, 2004), is a Chilean social theorist teaching at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Fantasy and Political Violence:The Meaning of Anti-Communism in Chile (VS Research, Wiesbaden, 2009) and Radical Sociality: Studies on Disobedience, Violence and Belonging (Palgrave, 2013). She is currently writing her third monograph The Flesh of the Social: Aesthetics, White Innocence and the Political, where she brings forward her more recent research on the study of affect, materiality and racialization.  

Margarita Palacios

Margarita Palacios (PhD New School for Social Research, New York, 2004), is a Chilean social theorist teaching at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Fantasy and Political Violence:The Meaning of Anti-Communism in Chile (VS Research, Wiesbaden, 2009) and Radical Sociality: Studies on Disobedience, Violence and Belonging (Palgrave, 2013). She is currently writing her third monograph The Flesh of the Social: Aesthetics, White Innocence and the Political, where she brings forward her more recent research on the study of affect, materiality and racialization.  

Sigrid Hackenberg

Sigrid Hackenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and philosopher based in New York. She is the author of a study on G. W. F. Hegel and Emmanuel Levinas, Total History, Anti-History, and the Face that is Other (Atropos Press), and co-editor with Lenart Škof of Bodily Proximity (Ljubljana: Novarevija). Hackenberg grew up in Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States. She was awarded a B.A. from San Francisco State University (SFSU), anM.A. from New York University (NYU), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland. 

Sigrid Hackenberg

Sigrid Hackenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and philosopher based in New York. She is the author of a study on G. W. F. Hegel and Emmanuel Levinas, Total History, Anti-History, and the Face that is Other (Atropos Press), and co-editor with Lenart Škof of Bodily Proximity (Ljubljana: Novarevija). Hackenberg grew up in Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States. She was awarded a B.A. from San Francisco State University (SFSU), anM.A. from New York University (NYU), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland. 

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls’ teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. They recently finished their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (forthcoming NYU Press),which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Smalls’ writing has appeared in ArtLeaks Gazette (SUNY Albany), The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Dr. Smalls is currently an Associate Professor of Black Studies at St. John’s University in New York City.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls’ teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. They recently finished their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (forthcoming NYU Press),which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Smalls’ writing has appeared in ArtLeaks Gazette (SUNY Albany), The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Dr. Smalls is currently an Associate Professor of Black Studies at St. John’s University in New York City.

William Edelglass

William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. Grounded in philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies, William’s writing and teaching is often interdisciplinary, engaging questions of ethics, aesthetics,practice, and the environment.  He is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  For more on his scholarly work, see William’s interview with 3:AM Magazine or this conversation with William on the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

William Edelglass

William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. Grounded in philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies, William’s writing and teaching is often interdisciplinary, engaging questions of ethics, aesthetics,practice, and the environment.  He is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  For more on his scholarly work, see William’s interview with 3:AM Magazine or this conversation with William on the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Paul Kottman

Paul A. Kottman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is Chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He is the author of several books, most recently Love as Human Freedom (Stanford UP 2018). He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per glistudi filosofici, Naples; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Università del Piemonte Orientale. He also edits the book series, Square One: First Order Questions in the Humanities for Stanford University Press.

Paul Kottman

Paul A. Kottman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is Chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He is the author of several books, most recently Love as Human Freedom (Stanford UP 2018). He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per glistudi filosofici, Naples; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Università del Piemonte Orientale. He also edits the book series, Square One: First Order Questions in the Humanities for Stanford University Press.