Rocio Zambrana joins Philosophy faculty
Rocio Zambrana will join the department as Assistant Professor of Philosophy specialized in Continental Philosophy. In May, she will receive her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, where she worked on German Idealism and Frankfurt School Critical Theory, focusing on G.W.F. Hegel and Axel Honneth respectively. Her research seeks to reconstruct Hegel's account of normative authority, and pursues the consequences of Hegel's insights for notions of critique and justification within the Frankfurt School tradition. In the fall, she will begin work on a monograph on Hegel entitled Hegel's Theory of Determinacy, which will examine the Phenomenology of Spirit and the Science of Logic. The overall argument of the book is that Hegel carries Kant's legacy forward, albeit in a radically new direction, by showing that the authorization of reason is contextual and precarious. In a second book project, she will assess the turn to normative justification for critique within the Frankfurt School in light of what she analyzes as the dialectical reversibility of critical categories. Both book projects grow out of her dissertation, The Logic of Critique: Hegel, Honneth, and Dialectical Reversibility. Zambrana edited Expression in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century German Philosophy, a special issue of Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal published in 2006. She is currently completing an essay entitled "Love in Hegel's Logic" forthcoming in Love in the Philosophy of Hegel, ed. Arthur Kok and Timo Slootweg (Brill International, 2010), and a review essay that assesses the impact of Robert Pippin's work on Hegel scholarship forthcoming in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 31:2 (2010). During 2010-2011, Zambrana will teach a Continental Philosophy topics seminar on Frankfurt School Critical Theory, an author's course on Hegel, and a course on Global Justice. She will also teach a course on the History of Nineteenth Century Philosophy. In the future, Zambrana will teach seminars on Hegel and Derrida; recognition and misrecognition in Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx; and notions of immanence and transcendence in first-, second-, and third-generation Frankfurt School Critical Theory. Zambrana received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, where she examined the political relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States from a Foucauldian perspective. At the New School for Social Research, she wrote an M.A. thesis on recognition and agency in Hegel's Jena writings.