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Amy Allen

Amy Allen

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
111 Sparks Building
(814) 865-7691


PhD, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1996
MA, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1994
BA, Philosophy, Miami University (OH), 1992

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

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

Recent Publications

Power, Neoliberalism, and the Reinvention of Politics: The Critical Theory of Wendy Brown, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, 2022).

"Dripping with Blood and Dirt from Head to Toe: Marx’s Genealogy of Capitalism in Capital, volume 1," The Monist 105: 4 (October 2022): 470-486.

“Slavery, Work, and History: DuBois’s Black Marxism,” Emancipations 1: 2 (2022). Available online at:

Decolonizing Ethics: The Critical Theory of Enrique Dussel, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, 2021).
Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis (Columbia University Press, 2021).

Forthcoming Publications

“’Imperialism Ultimately Works For Us’: Rosa Luxemburg’s Theory of History,” forthcoming in Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a collection of essays on Marxism, colonialism, and the concept of progress.

Research Interests

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
Amy Allen
Amy Allen