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Amy Allen

Amy Allen

Department Head

Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

240 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-3531


  1. PhD, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1996
  2. MA, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1994
  3. BA, Philosophy, Miami University (OH), 1992


Areas of Specialization

  • 20th century Continental Philosophy
  • Critical Social Theory (esp. Frankfurt School)
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social and Political Theory

Recent Publications

Critical Theory between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue, co-authored with Mari Ruti (Bloomsbury, 2019). 

Transitional Subjects: Critical Theory and Object Relations, ed. Amy Allen and Brian O'Connor (Columbia University Press, 2019).

The Cambridge Habermas Lexicon, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

From Alienation to Forms of Life: The Critical Theory of Rahel Jaeggi, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, 2018).

“Foucault and the Problem of Psychoanalysis: Two Aspects of Problematization,” Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities23: 2 (April 2018): 170-186.

The End of Progress:  Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (Columbia University Press, 2016).

“Emancipation without Utopia:  Subjection, Modernity, and the Normative Claims of Feminist Critical Theory,” Hypatia 30: 3 (Summer 2015).

Forthcoming Publications

“Recognizing Ambivalence: Honneth, Butler, and Philosophical Anthropology,” forthcoming in Ambivalences of Recognition, ed. Heikki Ikäheimo, Kristina Lepold, and Titus Stahl (Columbia University Press).  

“Critique as Melancholy Science,” forthcoming in Critique in German Philosophy, ed. Colin McQuillan and María Acosta (SUNY Press). 

Current Projects

I’m currently working on a book on psychoanalysis and critical theory.  

Research Interests

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy