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Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University

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 in political philosophy, critical theory, and trans philosophy, with special expertise in feminist philosophy, philosophies of resistance, and network theory. Zurn is the author of Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry (2021) and the co-author of Curious Minds: The Power of Connection (2022). He is also the co-editor of Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (2016), Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (2020), and Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group, 1970-1980 (2021). Zurn co-edited a special issue of Carceral Notebooks 12 (2017) and edited symposia in Foucault Studies (2021) and Theory and Event (2021). Zurn is currently at work on a new monograph, How We Make Each Other: Trans Poetics in and at the Edge of the University (under review) and co-editing Trans Philosophy: Meaning and Mattering (under review).


  • 2017–present
    Assistant Professor, American University