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Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy as well as an instructor for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she specializes in continental feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of gender, race, and sexuality. Her dissertation project, which engages and integrates Lacanian and Kristevan psychoanalysis, explores the imaginative albeit unsettled embodiment of transgender liminality in order to cultivate a queer ethics of intimate revolt. Amy regularly teaches courses on gender and sexuality studies and has offered a special topics course on transgender histories, identities, and politics; she has also taught courses on queer studies, critical theory, and existential philosophy. As an active interdisciplinary scholar, Amy has organized academic conferences on feminism and philosophy, developed curriculum for gender studies programs and anti-racism civic engagement projects, indexed manuscripts on psychoanalysis and literature, and served on numerous committees advancing progressive LGBTQ campus policies. At Simmons College, where she completed her M.A. in Gender/Cultural Studies, she was appointed as the first Hazel Dick Leonard Research Fellow on Gender. Amy’s research has been presented at over 30 national and international conferences and her writings appear in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, as well as the volume New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva’s Intimate Politics.