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Perry Zurn Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy Department of Philosophy & Religion

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Office Hours (Fall 2022)
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 and by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy
Affiliate Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty Fellow, Complex Problems
Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Philosophy, DePaul University
MA, Philosophy, Miami University

Languages Spoken
English, French, Latin
Perry Zurn is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He researches primarily in political philosophy, critical theory, and transgender studies, and collaborates in psychology and network neuroscience. He is the author of Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry (2021) and the co-author of Curious Minds: The Power of Connection (MIT Press, 2022). He is also the co-editor of Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (2016), Carceral Notebooks 12 (2017), Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (2020), and Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group, 1970-1980 (2021). He is currently at work on a new monograph, How We Make Each Other: Trans Poetics at the Edge of the University (under contract, Duke University Press) and co-editing Trans Philosophy: Meaning and Mattering (under review).

Zurn is the author or coauthor of 75+ additional publications in philosophy, political theory, trans studies, and network science. His theoretical essays have appeared in venues such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, and Theory & Event. And his scientific collaborations have appeared in venues such as Nature Human Behavior and Nature Neuroscience. Zurn’s work has been featured in dozens of podcast, radio, and television shows, as well as in mainstream news outlets such as The Guardian. And his work has been generously funded by the American Philosophical Association, the Center for Curiosity, the Hypatia Diversity Fund, the Lee Somers Fund, and the Mellon Foundation. Zurn is the co-founder of the Trans Philosophy Project and the associated Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking Conference. Zurn’s previous appointments include Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Curiosity in the School of Social Policy and Practice.


Fall 2022

  • PHIL-236 Ecological Justice