Expand AU Menu
Profile

Ellen Feder

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Religion

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Internship Advisor
  • Ellen K. Feder works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social policy. Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender applies Foucault's method to thinking about the intersecting "production" of race and gender, that is, how these categories are intelligible as categories, together with the way they come to make sense of us. Her current project, tentatively entitled Disturbing Bodies, extends the analysis to contemporary medical management of "intersex" bodies. Dr. Feder's recent work has been published in the Hastings Center Report, GLQ, and The Lancet. Dr. Feder has also participated in a task force charged with making recommendations about the current diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder for the forthcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • Degrees

    PhD, SUNY Stony Brook; BA, Wesleyan University
  • OFFICE

  • CAS - Philosophy and Religion
  • Battelle Tompkins - 112
  • T 1-3 and by appointment
  • CONTACT INFO

  • (202) 885-2931 (Office)
  • (202) 885-1094 (Fax)
  • Send email Profile UserID
  • FOR THE MEDIA

  • To request an interview for a
    news story, call AU Communications
    at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Feminist Ethics and Social Thought (FEAST)

    Member

Teaching

  • Summer 2014

    • PHIL-485 Selected Topics in Philosophy: Morality and the Movies
    • Description
  • Fall 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Contemporary continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, ethics, feminist theory, and critical race theory.

Work In Progress

Disturbing Bodies, book-length project on ethics and intersex

Selected Publications

  • Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender, Oxford University Press, 2007
  • A Passion for Wisdom: Readings in Western Philosophy on Love and Desire (with Karmen MacKendrick and Sybol Cook), Prentice Hall, 2004
  • The Subject of Care: Feminist Perspectives on Dependency (with Eva Feder Kittay), Rowman and Littlefield, 2002
  • Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman (with Mary C. Rawlinson and Emily Zakin), Routledge, 1997

AU News and Achievements