Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning
Professor: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.
B.A. Philosophy: University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A.R. Philosophy, Literature, and Religion, Yale Divinity School
M.A. Literature: UNC, Greensboro
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy, Literature, and Cultural Theory, Emory University
Academic Administration creates, for the sake of the event of learning, multiple spaces, pathways, and institutional capacities for students, staff, and faculty across units, disciplines, communities, and sectors.
Teaching provides an opportunity for metamorphosis, an effort that depends upon creating a space of dialogue, translation, precision, fuzziness, and innovative practices. The hope is that our learning together will offer the possibility of ethics, new forms of making, and the surprising pleasure of discovery. Some of the courses I have taught recently include Philosophy in the Streets: Hong Kong and Seattle; Postmodernism and the City; Kant’s Critical Philosophy; The Meanings of Money; Dreaming the Earth: Art, Literature, and Science (with Mike Gillespie)
Research and Scholarship
Through cross-disciplinary and cross-genre connections, my work focuses on questions of philosophy, spectrality, cities, technocultures, global noir, the literary, and the 21st century university. I am interested in, among a host of other things, cafés, ghosts, streets, money, the irreal, walking, hotel keys, painting, and the enigma of reading.
Philosophy in the Streets: Urban Experience and the Motion of Thought (in progress)
Designing the Global University (with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren) (in progress)
Kant in Hong Kong: Travel with a Twist (under consideration)
Philosophy, Art, and the Specters of Jacques Derrida (Cambria Press 2011)
Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista (Eye Corner Press 2010)
TechnoLogics: Ghosts, the Incalculable, and the Suspension of Animation (SUNY 2005).
Starting Time: A True Account of the Origins of Creation, Sex, Death, and Golf (White Cloud Press 1995).
Narcissus Transformed: The Textual Subject in Psychoanalysis and Literature (Penn State UP 1993).
“Scratch: Garbage, Scores, and the Event” (with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren), Evental Aesthetics, Fall 2013.
“Las Vegas: Sin, Sim, and Casino Capitalism,” American Identities Peking: Peking University Press. Fall 2013 (forthcoming)
“Between: Capital, Culture, and the Transformation of Hong Kong’s Universities," ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 20/2 (Spring 2013): 1-8.
“Assembling the Global University: Networks, Interdisciplinarity, and Institutional Change,” Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education. Ed. Diane Salter, IGI Global, 2013. (366-377)
“Global Noir: An Introduction,” Fast Capitalism (Fall 2011)
Invited Keynote. “In Extremis: Mortal Histories and the Tele-Modern City,” International Conference on Grief and Bereavement, University of Hong Kong, June 11-14, 2014.
“Imagining Space: Architecture and Creative Writing,” Portland State University, March 7-8, 2014 (tentative)
“Philosophy from the Inside-Out: Building Urban Transdisciplinary Partnerships. Philosophy of the City, Brooklyn College, New York, December 5-7, 2013.
“Interdisciplinarity from the Inside-Out: Building Campus, Community, and Global Partnerships.” Interdisciplinary Futures in the Academy, Facilitator, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, October 25-26, 2013.
Liberal Arts Leadership, AAC&U LEAP Conference (as a team member for the Washington Consortium on the Liberal Arts), Broomfield, CO: June 24-25, 2013.
"Streets, Surfaces, and Sounds: Art, Philosophy, and the City,” Workshop, Public Philosophy Network, Emory University, March 14-17, 2013.
“The Strangest Measure: Heidegger on Hölderlin,” House of Language, Chancellor’s Forum on Innovation: Engaging Design,” UW Bothell, Bothell, WA February 11-14, 2013.