Amy Allen

Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies

Amy Allen began teaching at Dartmouth in 1997, after receiving her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests are in Continental philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of critical social theory, poststructuralism, and feminist theory. She has published widely on the topics of power, subjectivity, agency, and autonomy in the work of Foucault, Habermas, Butler, and Arendt. Her publications include two books: The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity (Westview, 1999) and The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory (Columbia University Press, 2008). She is Co-Editor of the journal Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Series Editor of the Columbia University Press book series New Directions in Critical Theory, and Executive Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP).  She teaches courses on a variety of figures and movements in 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, phenomenology, existentialism, the Frankfurt School of critical theory, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and French feminism. Her current research project focuses on the relationship between history and normativity in the critical theory tradition.

Curriculum Vitae
HB 6035
Women's and Gender Studies
Ph.D. Northwestern University
M.A. Northwestern University
B.A. Miami University

Selected Publications

The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2008).

“Paradoxes of Development:  Rethinking the Right to Development,” Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, ed. Diana Tietjens Meyers (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014). 

"The Power of Justification," in Rainer Forst, Justice, Democracy and the Right to Justification:  Rainer Forst in Dialogue (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).  

“Normativity, Power, and Gender:  Reply to Critics,” Critical Horizons 15: 1 (March 2014): 52-68.

“Reason, Power and History:  Re-reading the Dialectic of Enlightenment,” Thesis Eleven 120: 1 (February 2014):  10-25.

“Having One’s Cake and Eating It, Too: Habermas’s Genealogy of Post-Secular Reason,” in Habermas and Religion, ed. Eduardo Mendieta, Craig Calhoun, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen (Cambridge, Polity Press: 2013).

“Feminism, Foucault, and the Critique of Reason:  Re-reading the History of Madness,Foucault Studies 16 (September 2013):  15-31.

Works in Progress

The End of Progress:  Rethinking the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (forthcoming, Columbia University Press, 2015).  

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

“Are We Driven?  The Fate of the Death Drive in Critical Social Theory,” forthcoming in Critical Horizons.