Emily Parker

Assistant Professor

Towson Tiger

Contact Information

LA 4131


Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Philosophies of "the body"
ecological and postcolonial critiques of capitalism
20th Century to Contemporary French Philosophy

Emily Anne Parker’s area of research is 20th century to contemporary French philosophy. Professor Parker teaches courses in the Departments of Philosophy & Religious Studies (PHIL 204: Philosophy of Race, Class, and Gender; PHIL 260: Philosophy of the Prison Industrial Complex) and Women’s & Gender Studies (WMST 231: Women in Perspective; WMST 607: Advanced Feminist Theory). She has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology on the ecological politics of French philosopher Luce Irigaray and has recently published an essay which presents precarity in Judith Butler as a multiplying and helpful re-reading of Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of difference. She is now working on a book exploring a philosophy of elemental difference, in which a critique of the nature/culture distinction becomes a critique of the ecology/politics distinction. Parker is co-editing with Axelle Karera (Wesleyan University) a special issue of PhaenEx on the work of Frantz Fanon. With Anne van Leeuwen (James Madison University) she is the co-editor of Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and Irigaray (Oxford University Press). In addition to publications appearing as book chapters, her work appears in Political Theory, Hypatia, philoSOPHIA, Philosophy Today, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Trans-Humanities. She is a member and serves as secretary of the editorial board of PhaenEx, an online bilingual journal affiliated with the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture/Théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques (EPTC/TCEP).

Selected Publications

  • 2017. co-editor with Anne van Leeuwen. Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and Irigaray. [Available here.]
  • 2017. “Precarity and Elemental Difference: On Butler’s Re-writing of Irigarayan Difference.” Political Theory 45. 3: 319-341. [Available here.]
  • 2016. “Resisting Individuality.” In Passion in Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Alphonso Lingis. Edited by Randolph Wheeler. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2016. “Sexual Violence as Derivatization.” In Desire, Love, and Identity: A Textbook for the Philosophy of Sex and Love. Edited by Gary Foster. Don Mills: Oxford University Press Canada.
  • 2015. “Cultivating a Living Belonging: An Interview with Luce Irigaray.” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 46.2: 109-116.
  • 2015. “Singularity in Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity.” Southern Journal of Philosophy 53.1: 1-16.
  • 2014. “Beyond Discipline: On the Status of Bodily Difference in Philosophy.” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 4.2: 222-228.