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Tano Posteraro

Tano Posteraro received his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2019 and is a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. His dissertation on Henri Bergson and the philosophy of biology was supervised by Len Lawlor is currently under contract with Edinburgh University Press. He is co-editor, with Michael Bennett, of Deleuze and Evolutionary Theory and author of a number of articles and chapters on biological themes in 20th century continental philosophy. He maintains teaching interests in philosophies of science, technology, and environment.

Email: tano.sage@gmail.com

Areas of Specialization:

20th Century Continental Philosophy

Environmental Philosophy and Philosophy of Nature

Areas of Competency:

Philosophy of Science (including Feminist Philosophy of Science)

Philosophy of Technology

Teaching Interests:

Animal and Environmental Ethics (including Ecofeminism)

Pragmatism and American Philosophy (especially Dewey, James, and Whitehead)

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Nicole Yokum

Nicole is currently a graduate fellow at the Humanities Institute completing her dissertation, “The Politics of Attachment: Toward a Critical Theory of Affect.” Her project explores how emotional dispositions become distorted under conditions of capitalist, racist, sexist, and heterosexist oppression, excavating resources from early critical theory in conjunction with contemporary feminist, queer and affect theory. Using attachment styles as a heuristic for interpreting modes of relating to the socio-political order, she reclaims the value of affective “pathologies” – through the lens of insecure attachment – as an ethical and politically productive response to oppression

Email: nqy5050@psu.edu

Areas of Specialization:

Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy (esp. Frankfurt School, Psychoanalysis, and Foucault), Feminist Philosophy

Areas of Competency:

Queer and Affect Theory, Critical Philosophy of Race, Ethics

Teaching Interests:

19th Century Philosophy (Nietzsche), Kant (esp. First Critique), Black Feminism

Ben Randolph

Ben Randolph is defending his dissertation in April 2023. He is a Fellow at the Rock Ethics Institute for 2022-2023, he was a Resident at the Penn State Humanities Institute for Summer 2021, and he is a Beinecke Scholar. His dissertation reconstructs Adorno’s conception of hope in conversation with Kant, Habermas, and Honneth’s alternative approaches to the concept. He has published and presented on topics in the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, and modernist literature. 

Email: bmr21@psu.edu 

Areas of Specialization:

Social and Political Philosophy, esp. Critical Theory 

20th-Century Continental Philosophy 

Areas of Competency:

Philosophy of Race 

Kant and 19th-Century Continental Philosophy  

Literary Theory 

Teaching Interests:

Ethics  

Psychoanalysis  

Theories of Capitalism and Colonialism 

Wayne Wapeemukwa

Wayne is a Graduate Fellow at the Humanities Institute and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship holder who will be completing his dissertation, “Partisans of the Soil: Land, Race, Capital, and Métis Dispossession,” in Spring 2023. His research reanimates dialogue between Marxism and Indigenous political theories as they engage questions of land, race, capital, and history. He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Marxism, its uptake among Indigenous activists, as well as Indigenous-feminist approaches to decolonization.

Email: wrw37@psu.edu 

Areas of Specialization:

Social and Political Philosophy (esp. Marxism and Critical Theory), Indigenous and Decolonial Theories, 19th – 20th century Continental Philosophy 

Areas of Competency:

Critical Philosophy of Race and Indigenous and Decolonizing Pedagogy 

Selected Publications: 

“Oedipal Empire: Psychoanalysis, Indigenous Peoples, and The Oedipus Complex in Colonial Context,” in Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity and Psychoanalytic Theory. Ed., Sheldon George and Derek Hook. Routledge Press. (2021) (LINK) 

“Land, Water, Mathematics, and Relationships: What Does Creating Decolonizing and Indigenous Curricula Ask of Us?” in Education Studies, v.57, no. 3, pp. 345-363. Co-authored with Dr. Hollie Kulago, Paul Guernsey, and Matthew Black. (2021) (LINK

“Contagion Castration: Lacan’s Extimacy and Fanon’s Sociogeny on Anti-Indigenous Environmental Racism and COVID-19,” Contours, Issue 10 (Summer 2020) (LINK