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Mariana Ortega

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Mariana Ortega will be joining the Philosophy Department and Women's, Gender, and Sexualities at Penn State in January 2018.Her main areas of research and interest are Women of Color Feminisms, in particular Latina Feminisms, 20th Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology (Heidegger), Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics.  Her research focuses on questions of self, identity, and sociality, as well as visual representations of race, gender, and sexuality. She has published in various journals including The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Critical Philosophy of Race, Hypatia, Radical Philosophy Review, and philoSOPHIA.  She is co-editor with Linda Martín-Alcoff of the anthology Constructing the Nation:  A Race and Nationalism Reader (SUNY, 2009) and author of In-Between:  Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self  (SUNY, 2016).   She is the founder and director of the Roundtable on Latina feminism, a forum dedicated to discussions of Latina and Latin American feminisms. Her current project examines questions at the intersection of visuality, practices of othering in connection to race and sexuality, and the epistemology of ignorance.