Professor: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (on leave)
2009-10: Fulbright Scholar in General Education: University of Hong Kong; consulting on curricular reform across the city’s public universities; visiting faculty in Philosophy and Comparative Literature
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; the Postmodern City; Kant’s Critical Philosophy; The Meanings of Money; and 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, cities, spectrality, nonmodern networks, literature, global noir, 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)
Kant in Hong Kong: Walking, Thinking, and the City (EyeCorner Press 2014)
Philosophy, Art, and the Specters of Jacques Derrida (Cambria Press 2011)
Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista (EyeCorner 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).
“Philosophy in the Streets: Walking in the City,” Reading Hong Kong/Reading Ourselves. Eds. Janel Curry and Paul Hanstedt. City University Press, Hong Kong, 2014.
“Tell It Slant: Of Gods, Philosophy, and Fantasy in Discworld,” Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Studies in the Works of Terry Pratchett. Eds. Anne Hiebert Alton and William Spruiell. McFarland Press, 2014.
“Scratch: Garbage, Scores, and the Event” (with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren), Evental Aesthetics, Fall 2013.
“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.
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.
“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.