Noëlle McAfee


Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 113

Phone: 404.727.7672

Fax: 404.712.9425


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Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

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  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1998


  • Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, Ethics, Contemporary European Philosophy, and American Philosophy

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis (Columbia, 2019)
    • Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia, 2008)
    • Julia Kristeva (Routledge, 2003)
    • Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell, 2000)
  • Co-editor of
    • Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology (2012)
    • Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on Feminist Engagements in Democratic Theory (Fall 2007)
    • Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice (Kettering, 1997)
  • Articles and reviews published in
    • The Good Society
    • The Journal of Speculative Philosophy
    • Philosophy and Social Criticism
    • Philosophy Today
    • The Higher Education Exchange
    • Semiotica
    • Signs
    • Constellations
    • Metaphilosophy
    • Ethics
    • Teaching Philosophy
    • Hypatia
    • South Central Review

Fellowships and Honors

  • Senior Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 2016-2017
  • Laughlin Fellow, American College of Psychoanalysts, 2016
  • Co-chair, the Public Philosophy Network
  • Associate and Principle Investigator, deliberative democracy research, the Kettering Foundation
  • Member of collaborative research project on Youth, New Media, and Citizenship, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and run by Professor Danielle Allen at the Institute for Advanced Study
  • Advisory Board Member, the American Philosophies Forum
  • Series Advisory Board Member, Indiana University Press American Philosophy Series
  • Member of the American Philosophical Associationís Committee on Public Philosophy (2005-2008)
  • Chair (beginning 2006) and Member (2005-2008), Advocacy Committee of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Joseph P. Healey Endowment Research Grant,the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2002)
  • Philosophy Department Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts Lowell (2001)
  • Research Fellow, Center for Deliberative Polling, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, (1997-1998).
  • Associate Editor of the Kettering Review

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