Dr. Gail Weiss

Gail Weiss

Dean's Research Professor of Philosophy
Rome 558, Office hours: R 2:30-4:00
Phone: 202-994-4297
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

phenomenology, existentialism, feminist theory, critical race theory, philosophy of literature

Executive Co-Director for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)

General Secretary for the International Merleau-Ponty Circle


Ph.D. Yale University


Monographs, Edited Journals, and Edited Volumes

Existential Ambiguities: Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty (under contract with Indiana U. Press)

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, Co-Editor with Ann Murphy and Gayle Salamon (under contract with Northwestern University Press)

Guest Co-Editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Cluster Issue on “Contesting the Norms of Embodiment” Volume 27.2 (Winter 2012).

Guest Co-Editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on “Ethics of Embodiment” Volume 26.3 (Summer 2011).

Refiguring the Ordinary (Indiana University Press, 2008)

Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty (SUNY Press, 2008)

Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006)

Thinking the Limits of the Body (SUNY Press, 2003)

Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality (Routledge, 1999)

Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersections of Nature and Culture (Routledge, 1999)

Recent Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Chapters

“Race and Phenomenology (or Phenomenologizing Race)” Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, Eds. Linda Martìn Alcoff, Luvell Anderson, and Paul Taylor (Routledge Press, 2018, 233-244).

“Beauvoir, Irigaray, and the Ambiguities of Desire” Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and Irigaray. Eds. Emily Anne Parker and Anne van Leeuwen. (Oxford University Press, 2018, 177-195).

“The Perils and Pleasures of the ‘I Can’ Body” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale Volume 21, #2 Fall/Autumn Special Issue: Throwing Like a Girl: 40 Years Later/Lancer Comme une Fille: 40 Ans Plus Tard, Éditeur invité Donald A. Landes.(2017), 63-80.

“The ‘Normal Abnormalities’ of Disability and Aging: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir” Feminist Phenomenology Futures. Eds. Helen Fielding and Dorothea Olkowski (Indiana University Press, 2017, 203-217).

“Sedimented Attitudes and Existential Responsibilities” Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters, eds. Luna Dolezal and Danielle Petherbridge (SUNY Press, 2017, 75-102.)

“De-Naturalizing the Natural Attitude: A Husserlian Legacy to Social Phenomenology” Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Vol. 47 (2016), 1-16.

“The Silverman Network” Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hugh J. Silverman (1945–2013), eds. Peter Gratton, Donald A. Landes, and Leonard Lawlor (SUNY Press, 2016, 181-193).

"The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Implications of Merleau-Ponty's Work for Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies" Continental Philosophy Review Volume 48, Issue 1 (2015), 77-93.

“Body” 3,000 word entry for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Editor-in-Chief Hugh LaFollette (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2015), 1-9 (DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee806).

Forthcoming Publications

“The Shame of Shamelessness” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on “Shame and the Politics of Gender,” Volume 33, Issue 3, Guest-edited by Clara Fischer (forthcoming 2018).

“Phenomenology,” Handbook of Feminist Philosophy, edited by Kim Q. Hall and Ásta Sveinsdóttir (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Doing Time in a For-Profit Space: Re-Negotiated Identities in the Prison-Industrial Complex,” Rethinking Feminist Phenomenology: From the Theoretical to the Practical, edited by Sara Cohen-Shabot and Christina Landry (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming).

“A Genealogy of Women’s (Un)Ethical Bodies” New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment. eds. Luna Dolezal and Clara Fischer (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Recent Conference Presentations

“Sandra Bartky’s Legacy to Feminist Phenomenology” Invited Talk for the Sandra Bartky Memorial Session, 56th annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), U. of Memphis, October 2017.

“Antinomies of Genuine Freedom” Keynote Presentation for the 24th annual International Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society, University of Haifa, Israel, June 2017.

“The Shame of Shamelessness,” invited talk, Tel-Aviv University Philosophy Seminar, June 2017.

“The Shame of Shamelessness” Colloquium presentation, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, Seattle, April 2017.

"Trump's Shamelessness and Clinton's Shame: A Philosophical Reckoning with the Results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election," plenary for “Tasks of Philosophy: Looking Ahead," American Philosophies Forum (APF) 2017 Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, April 2017.

“Shamelessness and Second-Hand Shame” 58th Annual Hurst Lecture, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, April 2017.

“Doing Time in a For-Profit Space: Re-Negotiated Identities in the Prison-Industrial Complex” presented in an invited panel on “Continental Philosophy as Social Philosophy” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Conference, Baltimore, January 2017.

“Doing Time in a For-Profit Space: Re-Negotiated Identities in the Prison-Industrial Complex,” Spotlight presentation at the 10th International Somatechnics conference on “Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment,” hosted by the U. of Queensland and Southern Cross University, Byron Bay, Australia, December 2016.

“The Shame of Shamelessness” presented at the 55th annual Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2016.

“Institution, Passivity, and the Shifting Geographies of the Flesh” invited presentation to “Merleau-Ponty: Philosophy from the Outside,” the 41st annual International Merleau-Ponty Circle conference at Brock University, Canada, September 2016.

“Feeling Differently: Cultivating Anti-Discriminatory Perceptual Habits” Keynote presentation for “Embodiment, Perception, and Critical Practice” conference, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, July 2016.

Respondent at a Scholar’s Session devoted to my work at the 54th annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), Atlanta, October 2015.

“Shifting Geographies of the Flesh” presented at the “Shifting the Geography of Reason XII: Technologies of Liberation” conference sponsored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Quintana Roo, Mexico, June 2015.

“Sedimented Attitudes and Existential Responsibilities” presented at the “Open Embodiments” Somatechnics 2015 conference, Center for Critical Studies of the Body, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 2015.

“A Genealogy of Women’s (Un)Ethical Bodies” Keynote presentation for the “Women Making a Difference in Philosophy” series, New College, Sarasota, FL, February 2015.


Classes Taught

Queer(ing) Philosophy (graduate seminar)

20th Century Continental Philosophy

Feminist Ethics (graduate seminar)

Philosophy of Race and Gender

Disciplining Bodies (proseminar)