Andrea’s work is guided by her interests in the ways that marginalized peoples—especially American Blackwomxn—do more than just endure injustice and oppression, but develop practices of thriving. This is not an interest in those practices as solely oppositional or resistance. This is an interest in the way these practices have and create meaning and relations in themselves and cannot be totalized by the oppressive contexts in which they emerge. This is an interest in these ways of being-in-the-world, as ways-of-being otherwise.
Andrea is a member of Phi Sigma Tau and serves on the American Philosophical Association’ Committee on LGBTQ People in the Profession. For the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy they serve as Graduate Student Representative on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee. Andrea is also a curator for the Society of the Philosophy of Sex and Love.
PhD., Emory University
- Philosophy of Love and Sex
- Introduction to Philosophy
Andrea’s dissertation, “Sistah, You’ve Been on My Mind: A Phenomenological Account of the Loving Practices of Blackwomxn” is an interdisciplinary project that pairs Black Feminist and Womanist Thought with Critical Phenomenology and Merleau-Ponty’s thought. This project intervenes in Merleau-Ponty’s construct of the human subject with the critique that it this construct excludes american Black people.
The project’s focus is on the raced, sexed, and gendered exclusions that emerge in the wake of the Transatlantic Slave Trade of american Black people in general and american Blackwomxn in particular. This project explores these entities as lived flesh. Rather than understand this distance from humanity as a lack, this project draws from resources in Black Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Black Literature to claim that lived flesh is a lived experience that is beyond that of the notion of the subject/ivity offered in Merleau-Ponty’s account.
- Love and pleasure
“Fear, Loathing, and Las Whiteness.” Feminists Talk Whiteness (Taylor & Francis)