Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Abby Kluchin

Abby Kluchin specializes in Continental philosophy, with emphases in feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralism. Deeply committed to liberal education in a variety of contexts, Abby is also co-founder and Associate Director At Large of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, an experimental school that conducts seminar-style courses in non-traditional spaces throughout New York City. She co-hosts Ordinary Unhappiness, a podcast about “psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now,” in partnership with Parapraxis magazine. 


Philosophy and Religion


  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Columbia University


  • Beauvoir and Beyond: Philosophy and Sexual Difference
  • Foucault
  • Feminist Thought
  • Introduction to Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
  • Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
  • Trans Theory
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Sexual Ethics: Coercion and Consent
  • Women and Religion
  • Common Intellectual Experience 100-200
  • Work and Meaning (with Nathan Rein)
  • Autonomy and Dependence

Research Interests

  • Continental philosophy
  • psychoanalysis
  • feminist theory
  • poststructuralism
  • affect theory
  • coercion and consent

Recent Work

“Damaged Justice: On Judith Herman, Trauma, Truth, and Repair.” Parapraxis, Issue 2: Repair, Summer 2023:

“Knowing, Not Knowing, Knowing Better.” With Patrick Blanchfield. Dilettante Army, Fall 2023:

“Triangulation (Fragments).” Late Light: Journal of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Issue 1, December 2021:

“Ceding Authority: Notes on Identity and Power in the Classroom.” The Revealer, December 10, 2019.

“Fragile Readers: Textual Contagion in Kristeva and Duras.” philoSOPHIA: a Journal of Continental Feminism, Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2018. 

 “At the Limits of Feeling: Religion, Psychoanalysis, and the Affective Subject.” In Feeling Religion, ed John Corrigan. Duke University Press, 2018. 

 “Nevertheless, She Resisted: Problem Students and Hunting Girls.” The Revealer, May 3, 2017: