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Amy Allen

Professor of Philosophy
Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1996

205 Thornton
Office Hours: By Appointment

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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 and Series Editor of the Columbia University Press book series New Directions in Critical Theory. 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 reason and power in the critical theory tradition.


Fall 2013-Winter 2014

  • Non-teaching Resident Terms

Spring 2014

  • PHIL 18 (11) Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL 38 (2) Political and Social Philosophy



Last Updated: 2/17/14