U.C. Foundation Professor of Philosophy & Women’s Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Areas of Specialization: Continental Philosophy (esp. Phenomenology), Feminist Theory, Philosophy of Psychology
Areas of Competence: Aesthetics, 19th Century Philosophy

Selected Publications:


2018     Fat, Drunk, Smokers: An existential examination of the good health imperative. Columbia University Press, under consideration.

2013     The Child as Natural Phenomenologist: Primal and Primary Experience in Merleau-Ponty’s Psychology. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.

Articles & Book Chapters

2020     “Meta-Helicopter Parenting: Ambivalence in a Neoliberal World.” In The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, Agency. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press, pages TBD.

2019     “Broken Pregnancies.” In Phenomenology of the Broken Body, Eds. Espen Dahl, Cassandra Falke, Thor Eirik Ericksen, Routledge: 202-214.        

2018     “Time, Habit, and Imagination in Childhood Play.” In Imagination: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Analyses, Ed. Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew K. Whitehead. London: Bloomsbury Press, 141-152.

“Outside the Present: Imagination’s Prehistory in Childhood Dreams and Delusions.” Chiasmi International, 19, 285-295.

2017     “The Adult-Child Relationship in Breastfeeding and Development: A Merleau-Pontian perspective on the existential and social conflicts in childrearing.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 16 (4), 649–659.

2016     “Many Healths: Nietzsche and Phenomenologies of Illness.” Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 11 (3), 338-357.

2015     “Philosophy as Self-Transformation: Shusterman’s Somaesthetics and Dependent Bodies.” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 28 (4), 489-504.

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

2014     “Fat Eats: A Phenomenology of Decadence, Food, and Health.” In Food and Everyday Life, Ed. Thomas Conroy. New York: Lexington Books, 257-274.

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

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

2012     “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. New York: Fordham University Press, 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, 37-48.

2011     “Healthism and the Bodies of Women: Pleasure and discipline in the war against obesity.” The Journal of Feminist Scholarship, 1 (Nov., 2011), 33-48.

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