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Associate Department Head & U.C. Foundation Professor: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Areas of specialization: Continental Philosophy (esp. Phenomenology), Philosophy of Psychology, Feminist Theory
Areas of competence: Aesthetics, 19th Century Philosophy


Sample Publications:



  • The Child as Natural Phenomenologist: Primal and Primary Experience in Merleau-Ponty’s Psychology.  Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2013.
  • Translation: Child Psychology & Pedagogy: Maurice Merleau-Ponty at the Sorbonne, Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2010.


“Idealism Revisited: Merleau-Ponty’s Early Critique of Science and Psychology.” Self & Society, 41 (3), 2014, 20-27.

“Fat Eats: A Phenomenology of Decadence, Food, and Health.” In Food and Everyday Life, Ed. Thomas Conroy. New York: Lexington Books, 2014.

“Unfit Women: Freedom and Constraint in the Pursuit of Health.” Special Issue of Janus Head on Interdisciplinary Feminist Phenomenology, 13, Issue 2, 2013. 58-77.

“Merleau-Ponty’s Child Psychology.” Berfois. July 12, 2013. 

“The Order of Life: How Phenomenologies of Pregnancy Revise and Reject Theories of the Subject.” In Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering. Eds. Sarah LaChance Adams & Caroline R. Lundquist (Fordham University Press, 2012) pp. 283-299.

“Merleau-Ponty on Cultural Schemas and Childhood Drawing.” In Critical Communities and Aesthetic Practices. Eds. Francis Halsall, Julia Jansen, and Sinead Murphy. (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2012.) pp. 37-48. [invited]

“Healthism and the Bodies of Women: Pleasure and discipline in the war against obesity.” The Journal of Feminist Scholarship, 1, Nov., 2011. 

“The Developing Body.” Intertwinings: Merleau-Pontian Reflections on Body, World and Intersubjectivity. Ed. Gail Weiss.  (New York: SUNY Press, 2008) pp. 45-59. [invited]

“Child’s Play: Anatomically Correct Dolls and Embodiment.” Human Studies, 30 (3), 2007, pp.255-267 

“Primal Experience in Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy and Psychology.” Radical Psychology, 6 (1), 2007.

“From Gestalt to Structure.” Theory & Psychology, 16 (4), 2006, pp. 527-551.

“Do Neonates Display Innate Self-Awareness? Why Neonatal Imitation Fails to Provide Sufficient Grounds for Innate Self and Other-Awareness.” Philosophical Psychology, 19 (2), 2006, pp. 221-238.

“The Retentional and the Repressed: Does Freud’s Concept of the Unconscious Threaten Husserlian Phenomenology?” Human Studies, 25 (3), 2002, pp. 165-183. 

“Das Selbst als Andere: die Ungewissheit des Bewusstseins.” Der Andere—ein alltäglicherBegriff in philosophischer Perspektive. (Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2002) pgs. 35-41.

“The Logic of the Observed: Merleau-Ponty’s Conception of Women as Outlined in his 1951-1952 Sorbonne lecture ‘The Question of Method in Child Psychology.’ ” Symposium:Journal of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, 5 (1), 2001, pp. 83-94.

Translation with Lysane Fauvel: “Science as the New Religion”  Paul Valadier.  Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Science. Eds. Babette Babich and Robert S. Cohen (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999) pgs. 2241-252


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