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Curriculum Vitae

Kelly Oliver

September 2015


W. Alton Jones Professor (615)-343-0334 (phone)

Philosophy Department (615)-343-7259 (fax)

Vanderbilt University

Nashville TN. 37240

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, August 1987, Philosophy.

M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1980, Philosophy.

B.A., summa cum laude, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1979, Communications and Media Studies (and Philosophy, Double Major).

Academic Appointments

W. Alton Jones Professor, Philosophy, affiliate of African-American and Diaspora Studies, Women’s Studies, Film Studies, and Communications Studies, Vanderbilt University.

Professor, Women’s Studies, affiliated with Philosophy, Comparative Literature, & Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University.

Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, affiliate of Women’s Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, affiliate of Women’s Studies, George Washington University.
Administrative Positions

Director of Graduate Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2014-2015.

Chair, Philosophy Department, Stony Brook University, 2001-2004.

Executive Co-Director, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, 2002-2005.

Acting Director, Women’s Studies Program, Stony Brook University, 2001.

Co-Director, Graduate Admissions & Recruitment, Vanderbilt University, 2004-present.

Authored Books

1. Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape

Forthcoming, Columbia University Press, 2016.

2. Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions

Columbia University Press, April 2015.

3. Meaning Against Death and Other Essays

In Persian translation only, Translator Puya Gholami, Rokhdaade Taze Press, Iran, 2013.

4. Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Fordham University Press, June 2013.

5. Knock me up, Knock me down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film

Columbia University Press, September 2012.

6. Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to be Human

Columbia University Press, September 2009, pages 369.

2a. Full Portuguese translation forthcoming from Editora Gente. Såo Paulo, Brazil.
7. Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex and the Media

Columbia University Press, Oct. 2007, pages 208.

  • Chapter One, Arabic Translation, New Voices in Iraq Magazine, Baghdad, Iraq, 2008.

  • Full Arabic translation, Obeikan Press, Saudi Arabia, 2012.

8. The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory of Oppression

University of Minnesota Press, October 2004, pages 233.

9. Noir Anxiety: Race, Sex and Maternity in Film Noir

University of Minnesota Press, Co-authored with Benigno Trigo, December 2002, pages 297.

  • Persian Translation forthcoming, Roozbahan Press, Iran, Translator Puya Gholami.

10. Witnessing: Beyond Recognition

University of Minnesota Press, 2001, pages 238.

  • Chapter 9 translated into German as “Zu eine feministischen Phänomenologie des Sehens” by Niemeier, in S. Stoler ed. Phänomenologie, 2005.

11. Subjectivity Without Subjects, From Abject Fathers to Desiring Mothers

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, December 1998, pages 185.

  • Chapter one reprinted in Race & Gender Reader, ed. Weiss, Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

12. Family Values, Subjects Between Nature and Culture

Routledge, April 1997, pages 260.

13. Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy's Relation to "the feminine"

Routledge, January 1995, pages 225.

  • Chapter three reprinted in Nietzsche: Critical Assessments, ed. Conway and Groff, Routledge Press, 1998, p. 166-187.

14. Reading Kristeva: Unraveling the Double-bind

Indiana University Press, 1993, pages 218.

  • Translation into Korean with Siwabansi-sa Press , 1999.

Edited Books
15. Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminars

Edited with Stephanie Straub, under review at Fordham University Press.

16. Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva

Edited with Stacy Keltner, SUNY Press, 2009, pages 253.

17. Living Attention: Essays in Honor of Teresa Brennan

Edited with Alice Jardine & Shannon Lundeen, SUNY Press, 2007.

18. Recent French Feminism

Edited with Lisa Walsh, Oxford University Press, Fall 2004, pages 254.

19. Between the Psyche and the Social

Edited with Steve Edwin, Rowman & Littlefield Press, January 2002, pages 221.

20. French Feminism Reader

Rowman and Littlefield Press, April 2000, pages 297.

21. Feminist Interpretations of Friedrich Nietzsche

Edited with Marilyn Pearsall, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998, pages 340.

22. Language and Liberation: Feminism, Philosophy and Language

Edited with Christina Hendricks, State University of New York Press, 1999, pages 430.

23. Enigmas: A Collection of Essays on Sarah Kofman

Edited with Penelope Deutscher, Cornell University Press, January 1999, pages 284.

24. The Portable Kristeva

Columbia University Press, April 1997, pages 398.

  • Editor’s Introduction, Norwegian translation, Agora, Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon, special issue on Kristeva, 2003, p. 34-52 (this issue made the best-seller’s list in Norway).

  • Second Edition, Spring 2002, pages 471.

25. Ethics, Politics, and Difference in Julia Kristeva's Writing

Routledge Publishers, 1993, pages 264.

Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy: Feminism and Language

vol. 7, no.1, special issue editor with Dale Bauer, April 1992, pages 244.

Studies in Practical Philosophy: a journal of ethical and political philosophy

Special issue on Race and Justice in the Post/Colonial Setting, ed. with Senem Saner, Fall 2003.

Studies in Practical Philosophy: a journal of ethical and political philosophy

Special issue on Witnessing, edited with Shannon Hoff, Fall 2003.

Refereed Articles

  1. Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis: A Love Story

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, forthcoming.

  1. Rape as Spectator Sport and Creepshot Entertainment

American Studies Journal, October, 2015.

  1. Witnessing, Recognition, and Response Ethics

Journal of Philosophy and Rhetoric, forthcoming.

  1. Service Dogs: Between Animal Studies and Disability Studies

philoSOPHIA: a journal of continental feminist philosophy, forthcoming 2016.

  1. Kristeva’s Reformation

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Nov. 2014.

  1. Bandages: On Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminar volume one

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Nov. 2014.

  1. Concepts and Bodies: What is at stake in deconstruction

THEORY@BUFFALO 18: Derrida Matters SPECIAL ISSUE, 2015.

  1. Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Extravagant Love: Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

Humanities: New Encounters Between Literature and Philosophy, 2014.

  1. The Poetic Axis of Ethics

Derrida Today. 7:2, pages 121-136. September 2014.

  1. Women as Weapons of War? Women, Violence and Agency”

Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies, Vol. 4, No 1, November 2013.

  1. Hunting Girls: Patriarchal Fantasy or Feminist Progress?

Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 2013.

Reprinted in Americana: Readings in Popular Culture, Third Edition, 2013.

  1. Ambivalence Towards Animals and The Moral Community

Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Spring 2012.

  1. Deconstructing “Grown versus Made:” A Derridean perspective on cloning

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross Disciplinary Inquiry, 7:16, Winter, 2011.

  1. Pet Lovers Pathologized,

The New York Times, Op-Ed, October 30, 2011.

  1. Women, the “secret weapon” of modern warfare?

Spaziofilosofico, translated into Italian. November 2011.

  1. Between The She-Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood: The Figure of the girl in Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign vol. I.

Derrida Today, November 2011.

  1. If You Can’t Be Good, Be Careful”: Response to Critics

Philosophy Today, forthcoming 2011.

  1. Julia Kristeva’s Maternal Passion

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Vol. XV, no. 1, 2010.

  1. Animal Ethics: Toward an Ethics of Responsiveness.

Research in Phenomenology 40 (2010) 267–280, 2010.

  1. Motherhood, Sexuality and Pregnant Embodiment: 25 years of gestation Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, 2010.

  1. Women as “Weapons of War” Journal of Philosophy, Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, Nepal, May 2010.

  1. Enhancing Evolution: Whose Body? Whose Choice? Southern Journal of Philosophy, special issue from Spindel Conference, 2010.

  1. Little Hans’ Little Sister Philosophia: a journal of continental feminism, Fall 2010.

  1. Bodies against the law: Abu Ghraib and the war on terror Continental Philosophy Review, 2009.

  1. What’s Wrong with (Animal) Rights? Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Spring 2009.

  1. Strange Kinship: Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty on Animals Epoché: a journal of the history of philosophy, Spring 2009.

  1. Women: The Secret Weapon of Modern Warfare? Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, Spring 2009.

  1. Stopping the Anthropological Machine: Agamben with Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty Phaenex, Electronic Jounral, Spring 2008.

  1. Tropho-Ethics: Derrida’s Homeopathic Purity, Or, you are what you eat

The .Harvard Review of Philosophy, vol. 15, pp. 37-57, Fall 2007.

  1. Innocence and Perversion: Kristeva and Abu Ghraib Philosophy Today, volume 48, no. 3, Fall 2007, p. 343-356.

  1. Animal Pedagogy: The Origin of “Man” in Rousseau and Herder Culture, Theory and Critique, 2006, 47 (2), 107-131.

  1. The Good Infection Parallax, 11:3 Spring 2005, p. 87-98.

  1. Witnessing and Testimony Parallax, 10:1 Spring 2004, p. 79-88.

  1. Forgiveness and Subjectivity Philosophy Today, 47:3, Fall 2003.

  1. Ecological Subjectivity Studies in Practical Philosophy, Spring 2004.

  1. The Look of Love Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, 16:3 Fall 2001.

  1. Witnessing Subjectivity Arobase, “Ipseity and Alterity,” ed. Gallagher & Watson, Fall 2000, 4:1-2, p. 180-204.

  1. Beyond Recognition: Witnessing Ethics Philosophy Today, 44:1, 2000.

  1. Conflicted Love Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, 15:4 Fall 2000.

Reprinted in Race and Gender Reader, ed. Gail Weiss, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  1. What’s Transformative About the Performative? Studies in Practical Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1999.

  1. Virility Australian Feminist Studies, Vol. 12, No. 26, 1997, p. 197-205.

  1. Fatherhood and the Promise of Ethics diacritics, a review of contemporary criticism, 27:1, Spring 1997, p. 45-58.

Reprinted in Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, ed. C. Katz, Routledge, 2005, p. 307-324.

  1. Phenomenology of Intersubjectivity from Husserl to Levinas Husserliana Analytica, vol LIV, 1998, p. 117-139.

  1. Antigone's Ghost: Undoing Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, 11:1, Winter 1996, p. 67-90.

  1. The Gestation of the Other in Phenomenology Epcohé, a journal of the history of continental philosophy, 3:1&2, 1995, p. 79-116.

  1. Face to Face With the Other: Alterity in Bergman's Persona Journal of Value Inquiry, 29:4, December 1995, p. 521-532.

  1. Tracing the Signifier Behind the Scenes of Desire Cultural Semiosis, ed. H. Silverman, Routledge Press, 1998, p. 83-104.

  1. Recalling the Flesh: Using Brennan's Model of Intersubjectivity for Ethics Radical Philosophy, vol. 65, Autumn 1993, p. 30-33.

  1. Julia Kristeva's Feminist Revolution Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, 8:3, summer 1993, p. 94-114.

  1. Julia Kristeva's Imaginary Father and the Crisis in Paternity Diacritics, Summer 1991, p. 43-63.

  1. Fractal Politics: How to Use the Subject Praxis International, vol 11, no.1, April-July, 1991, p. 178-194.

  1. Revolutionary Horror: Nietzsche and Kristeva on the Politics of Poetry Social Theory and Practice, vol. 16, no. 1, 1990, p. 305-320.

  1. Feminist Pedagogy APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 89:2, Winter, 1990, p. 63-66.

  1. Marxism and Surrogacy Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, vol. 4, no. 2, Fall 1989.

Reprinted in Feminist Medical Ethics, Indiana Univ. Press, 1992, p. 266-283.

  1. Evelyn Fox Keller's Gender/Science System Hypatia a journal of feminist philosophy, 3:3, Winter 1989, p. 137-148.

  1. Nietzsche's 'Woman': The Poststructuralist Attempt to do Away with Women Radical Philosophy, issue 48, Spring 1988, p. 25-29.

  1. Woman as Truth in Nietzsche's Writings Social Theory and Practice, vol. 10, no. 2, Summer 1984, p. 185-199.

Reprinted in Re-Reading the Canon, ed. Oliver & Pearsall, Penn State Univ. Press, 1998

Invited Articles, Book Chapters and Review Essays

  1. Phenomenology of Earthbound Limits

Phenomenology and Politics, eds. S. West Gurley and Geoffrey Pfeifer, forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield.

  1. Earth: Love it or Leave it?

Eco-Deconstruction, eds. David Wood, Mathias Frisch, forthcoming Fordham.

  1. The Big Picture: Seeing Earth “Whole” for the First Time

LoSguardo, special issue on Philosophy & Rhetoric, Rome Italy, 2015.

  1. Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity

Feminism and Philosophy, Eds. S. Kader & A. Stone, Oxford, forthcoming 2016.

  1. Hugh Silverman’s Cosmopolitan Hospitality

Essays in Honor of Hugh Silverman, Eds. L. Lawlor & P. Gratton, forthcoming, 2105.

  1. The Excesses of Earth in Kant’s Philosophy of Property

The Comparatist, no. 38, 2014, pp. 23-40.

  1. On Sharing a World with Other Animals

Animality and Sovereignty: Reading Derrida’s Final Seminars, Eds. Ted Toadvine, and D. Craig, forthcoming 2016.

  1. The Limits of the “Human”: An Alternative Ethics of Dependence on Animals

In Jodey Castricano edited Animal Subjects 2.0: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World Vol. II, forthcoming 2016.

  1. Doggie Dependence Divas? Or, People Crazy Enough to Admit they Need Their Dogs?

In The Bark Magazine, September 2012.

  1. Rousseau: you are what you eat

In The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Ed. Lisa Heldke, Springer, 2012.

  1. Derrida: how to eat the other

In The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Ed. Lisa Heldke, Springer, 2012.

  1. Kristeva: you are what you do not eat

In The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Ed. Lisa Heldke, Springer, 2012.

  1. Pregnancy as Choice

In Feminism and Popular Culture, ed. Sharon Crasnow, Lexington Books, 2012.

  1. The Exorbitant Orb of An Elephant

In Derrida and Animals, ed. Lynn Turner, Edinburough University Press, 2012.

  1. Does one invent a child?”:Deconstructive Genealogy & Assisted Reproductive Technologies

In Derrida and Motherhood, ed. Jolan Bogdan, forthcoming.

  1. The “Slow and Differentiated” Machinations of Deconstructive Ethics

In Blackwell Companion to Derrida, ed. Len Lawlor, Blackwell Publishers, 2013.

  1. Dressed to Kill: Or, Women’s Rights to “Bare Arms”

Fashion Statements, Eds. Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz, Palgrave McMillan, 2010.

  1. Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down, Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film

Edited collection, eds. S. Adams & C. Lundquist, Fordam University Press, 2012.

  1. Wake Up! Even if life is but a dream: Ethics of/as Arousal

World picture
4, Spring 2010.

  1. The Uncanny Strangeness of Maternal Election: Levinas and Kristeva on Parental Passion In Phenomenologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality, ed. R. Kearney

and K. Semonovotich, Fordham Press, 2011.

  1. Technologies of Violence In Democracy, ed. Stella Gaon, Monash University Press, Fall 2009.

  1. Duplicity Makes the Man: Lacan’s Ambivalence Toward Empirical Science The Deception Reader, ed. Clancy Martin, Spring 2009.

  1. Women as Weapons of War The London Times, Educational Supplement, January 2008.

  1. The Domestification of Horror: Hitchcock’s Fowl Play in Directors of the 1960’s and 70’s, ed. James Phillips, Stanford Press, 2008.

  1. Ecological Subjectivity: Merleau Ponty and Ethics of Vision In Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty, ed. G. Weiss, SUNY

Press, 2008.

  1. Julia Kristeva In Encyclopedia of Europe, 2005.

  1. Julia Kristeva In Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2005.

  1. In Honor of Julia Kristeva In Holberg Publication, bilingual edition, 2005.

Reprinted in Fayard edition, Translated into French by Alison Rice, 2006.

  1. Perversion, Criminality & Martyrdom in Sartre, Althusser, & Levinas, German trans. In Sartre und Levinas. Zeitgenossen im Wechselspiel. 2006.

  1. Perpetual War Feminist Time Against Nation Time, ed. L Diedrich & V. Hesford, 2008.

  1. Revolt and Forgiveness In Kristeva and Revolt, ed. T. Chanter & E. Ziarek, SUNY Press, 2005.

  1. Social Melancholy, Shame and Sublimation In Women and Children First, ed. Patrice DiQuincio & Sharon Meagher, SUNY 2005.

  1. Vision, Recognition and a Passion for the Elements In Returning to Irigaray, ed. Maria Cimitile and Elaine Miller, 2006.

  1. The Depressed Sex Rethinking Sexual Difference, ed. Ellen Mortensen, Fall 2005.

  1. French Feminism (co-authored with Mary Beth Mader) Blackwell Companion to Continental Philosophy, ed. Sherman & Solomon, 2003.

  1. An Ethics of Radical Individualism Kristeva’s Strangers to Ourselves, ed. Hugh Silverman, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  1. Vassaeleu’s Textures of Light, review essay, Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, Spring 2001, p. 106-108.

  1. Lorraine’s Experiments in Visceral Philosophy, review essay, Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, Spring 2001, p. 100-102.

  1. Subjectivity and Ethics, Interview with me (translated into Norwegian) Agora, journal of Norwegian Philosophy, 2004.

  1. From the Revolting to Intimate Revolt The Comparatist, review of Kristeva’s The Sense and Non-sense of Revolt, 2002.

  1. Psychic Space and Social Melancholy Between the Social and the Psyche, eds. Edwin & Oliver, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  1. Subjectivity as Reponsivity: The Ethical Implications of Dependency Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency, ed. Kittay & Feder, Rowman & Littlefield,


  1. One Nail Takes Out Another”: Power, Gender, & Revolution in Alvarez’s Novels Foucault and Latin America, ed. Benigno Trigo, Routledge Press, Fall 2001.

  1. Julia Kristeva’s Social Theory Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory, eds. Elliot & Turner, Sage, 2000.

  1. Witnessing the Tension Between History and Ethics Ethics and History, ed. Howard Marchitello, Routledge, 2001.

  1. Response to Critics: Beyond Womanizing Nietzsche Epoché, a journal of the history of continental philosophy.

  1. The Crisis of Meaning: Kristeva's Solution to the Mind-Body Problem After the Revolutio ed. Zournazi & Lechte, Artspace Press, 1998, p. 79-96.

  1. Identity, Difference, and Abjection Theorizing Multiculturalism, ed. Cynthia Willett, Blackwell Publisher, 1998, p. 169-186.

  1. Paternal Election and the Absent Father Levinas and Feminism, ed. Tina Chanter, Penn State Press, Fall 2001.

  1. The Maternal Operation: Circumscribing the Alliance Derrida and Feminism, ed., Ellen Feder, Routledge Publishers, 1997, p. 53-68.

  1. Julia Kristeva Companion to Continental Philosophy, ed. S. Critchley, Blackwell Press, 1998.

  1. Fear of Birth: Freud's Femininity Returns of the "French Freud", ed. T. Dufresne, Routledge, 1997, p. 35-42.

  1. The Politics of Interpretation: The Case of Bergman's "Persona" Philosophy and Film, ed. C. Freeland & T Wartenberg, Routledge Press, 1995, p.233-249.

  1. Nietzsche's Abjection Nietzsche and Feminism, ed. Peter Burgard, University Press of Virginia, 1994, p. 53-70.

  1. Who is Nietzsche's Woman? Modern Engendering, ed. Bat-Ami Bar On, SUNY Press, 1993, p. 201-218.

  1. The Plaint of Ariadne: Luce Irigaray's Marine Lover The Fate of the New Nietzsche, ed. Caygill & Pearson, Avebury Press, 1993, p. 211-228.

  1. The Ethics of Reading Nietzsche's On The Genealogy of Morals International Studies in Philosophy, summer 1993, XXV/2, p. 13-28.

  1. The Matter of Baby M: Surrogacy and the Courts Issues in Reproductive Technology I, ed. Holmes, Garland Publishing, 1992, p. 321-332.

  1. Nourishing the Speaking Subject Cooking, Eating, Thinking, eds. Curtin & Heldke, Indiana Press, 1992, p. 68-84.

  1. Julia Kristeva entry, Columbia University Press Companion to Literary Theory, forthcoming.

  1. Phenomenology of Female Body Experience: Young's Throwing Like a Girl Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, 6: 3, Fall 1991, p. 218-220.

  1. Mieke Bal's Death and Dissymmetry Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, 5: 3, 1990, p. 169-170.

  1. Julia Kristeva's importance for literary theory and criticism entry, Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 1993, p. 445-447.

  1. Luce Irigaray's Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche Women's History Review, Bristol England, 1994, p. 453-454.

  1. Julia Kristeva's Aesthetics entry, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. M. Kelly, Oxford University Press, 1998, p. 75-77.

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