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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

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

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

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

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

Current Projects

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

Research Interests

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy