Mechthild E. Nagel
Professor of Philosophy
Director, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies
Cortland, NY 13045, USA
Ph.D. in Philosophy, September 1996, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dissertation: "Philosophical Perspectives on Play from Homer to Hegel"
M.A. in Philosophy, May 1991, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.A. equivalent in Philosophy (minors in Chinese, Latin) 1987, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität at Freiburg, Germany
Areas of Specialty
Feminist Philosophy, Diversity Studies, Social/Political Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Africana Philosophy, Peace Studies, Criminal Justice Ethics, Human Rights, 19th and 20th Century German/20th C French Philosophy
2012-13 DAAD Visiting Professor at Hochschule Fulda, Germany (German Academic Exchange Service Award)
2008-present Director, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, SUNY Cortland
2008-present Visiting Professor, Social & Cultural Studies, Hochschule Fulda, Germany
2006 Full Professor (with tenure), Department of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland
2005-6 Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland
2003-08 Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute for African Development, Cornell University
2002-06 Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland
2001-02 Chair of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, SUNY Cortland
2000-01 Co-Chair of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, SUNY Cortland
1999-02 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland
1996-1999 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Spring 1996 Teaching Associate, Women’s Studies Program, UMass Amherst
1993-1995 Teaching Assistant, Women's Studies Program, UMass Amherst
Spring 1993 Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
1989-1992 Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, UMass Amherst
Awards and Honors
2013 Grant review panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, DC
2012 Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Outreach Award, SUNY Cortland
2012 Women of Color Student Association Award, SUNY Cortland
2010 Invited facilitator for a workshop on multiculturalism, the global community and social change for Cortland’s Building Community Leaders Program, Fall
2010 Reviewer, Gender Studies Program, Purchase College, March
2009 Co-taught leadership workshop for faculty and staff, July
2009 Outstanding Achievement in Research Award, SUNY Cortland
2009 Phi Kappa Phi, Honors Society, SUNY Cortland
2009 Co-PI and Faculty Trainer for “Training the Trainer: Advancing Scholarship and Pedagogy on Diversity,” (Joint Labor Management Committee, Albany, $38,000 for 3 years to train faculty at SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz)
2007 NEH Summer Institute on "Law, Democracy, and Human Rights", Georgia State University, Atlanta, participant
2006 Phi Beta Delta, International Honors Society, SUNY Cortland chapter
2005-6 Award for infusing service learning into curriculum, SUNY Cortland
2005-6 Faculty Trainer, Ethics Institute, SUNY Cortland
2004-present Faculty Trainer, Diversity Summer Institute, SUNY Cortland
2004 Participant in Living Democracy, Learning Community, SUNY Cortland
2003 Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, SUNY Cortland
2003 Excellence in Multicultural and/or Diversity Teaching Award, SUNY Cortland
2002 Principal Investigator and Grant Recipient for eJournal: Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies ($15,000, Technology Committee of Joint Labor/Management Program, Albany, NY)
2002-3 Faculty Research Grant recipient for project “Analysis of African Penal Approaches,” SUNY Cortland ($3,000).
2002 Assessment Incentive Grant for Multicultural and Gender Studies (MGS), Spring.
2002 Title III participant in Advising Workshop, January.
1998-9 Faculty Research grant recipient for project “Multiculturalism and Its Discontents: On the Politics of Asylum and Immigration in Post 1989 Germany,” Minnesota State University, Mankato ($3, 000).
1998 Invited participant, Valley Writers Workshop, Minnesota State University, Mankato, September 2-5.
1987-88 Tuition-Scholarship as exchange student at UMass Amherst.
Publications - Books (Anthologies and Monograph)
1. Seth N. Asuman and Mechthild Nagel, coeditors, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence: Transdisciplinary and Global Perspectives, SUNY Press (June 2014, forthcoming), 416 pp.
2. M. Nagel and Anthony J. Nocella, coeditors, The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement, Rodopi Press, 2013 (229 pp.).
3. Ann Ferguson and M. Nagel, coeditors, Dancing with Iris: The Philosophy of Iris Marion Young, Oxford University Press, 2009 (268 pp.).
4. M. Nagel and Seth N. Asumah, coeditors, Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality, Africa World Press, 2007 (238 pp.).
5. M. Kitissou, M. Ndulo, M. Nagel, M. Grieco The Hydropolitics of Africa: A Contemporary Challenge (co-edited with), Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007 (344 pp.).
6. Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play, Lexington Books, 2002 (128 pp.), monograph
7. Andrew Light and M. Nagel, coeditors, Race, Class and Community Identity, Humanity Books, 2000 (233 pp.).
Publications -- Journals Edited
1. “Women and Imprisonment,” Helen Codd with Mechthild Nagel, Wagadu, vol.11, 2013.
2. “Prisons, Peace, and Social Justice,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (Routledge), co-edited with Jason Mallory (13 articles), 2011.
3. Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, online, Editor-in-chief, Vol. 1(1), 2004. wagadu.org (special edition, intro, 6 papers, 1 poem).
4. Research in Philosophy and Technology (JAI Press), Review Editor, Vol. 21, 2002 (6 review essays, 24 book reviews).
5. Research in Philosophy and Technology (JAI Press), Review Editor, Vol. 19, 2000 (15 book reviews).
Publications - Articles, Book chapters, Encyclopedic Essays
47. Nagel and Asumah, “Diversity Studies and Managing Differences – Unpacking SUNY Cortland's Case and National Trends.” Sprache - Macht – Rassismus (Language-Power-Racism), G. Hentges, K. Nottbohm, M. M. Jansen, J. Adamou (Eds.), Metropol Verlag, 2014, pp. 349-466.
46. “Foreword.” In Failure of the American Prison Complex: Let’s Abolish It! by Dennis J. Stevens, Kendall Hunt Press (2014, forthcoming).
45. “Beyond the Pale: Reflections on the Vulnerability of Black Life in the U.S.” Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence, SUNY Press (forthcoming).
44. “Teaching Feminist Philosophy on Race and Gender: Beyond the Additive Approach?” Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence (forthcoming).
43. Asumah and Nagel, “Introduction.” Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence: Transdisciplinary and Global Perspectives (Asumah and Nagel, eds.), SUNY Press (forthcoming).
42. OAJ and Wagadu: Towards a Diamond Model of Feminist, Postcolonial Publishing. TripleC - Communication, Capitalism & Critique: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 11 (2), pp. 598-603.
Available from: http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/527
41. “An Ubuntu Ethic of Punishment.” The End of Prisons (Nagel and Nocella, eds.), Rodopi, 2013, 177-186.
40. “Patriarchal Ideologies and Women’s Domestication.” The End of Prisons (Nagel and Nocella, eds.), Rodopi, 2013, pp. 147-168.
39. Nagel and Nocella, “Introduction.” The End of Prisons (Nagel and Nocella, eds.), Rodopi, 2013, 1-12.
38. “Ubuntu and African Prison Intellectuals,” International Society for the Study of Ideas, 2012. https://lekythos.library.ucy.ac.cy/bitstream/handle/10797/6156/ISSEI-EchoesNagel.pdf?sequence=1
37. “The Criminal (Justice) Industrial Complex.” The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination (Steven Best, Richard Kahn, Anthony J. Nocella, II & Peter McLaren, eds.), Lexington Press, 2011, pp. 117-131.
36. “Anti-Black Racism, Gender, and Abolitionist Politics.” For special issue “Prisons, Peace, and Social Justice,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, July-Sept., 2011, pp. 304-312.
35. ChangKi Bahng & Mechthild Nagel. “The Effect of the Buddhist and Confucian Philosophy on the Taekwondo’s Spirits: Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable Spirit.” The Globalization of Taekwondo. Proceedings of the 2nd international Symposium for Taekwondo Studies, University of Korea, 2009, pp. 161-7
34. Kaltefleiter & Nagel, “From the Prison Tower to the Ivory Tower.” Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex (Steven Best, Peter McLaren, Anthony J. Nocella, II, eds.), AK Press, 2009, pp. 400-14.
33. Ferguson & Nagel, “Introduction.” Dancing with Iris: The Philosophy of Iris Marion Young, Oxford University Press, 2009, 3-19.
32. “Ubuntu and Indigenous Restorative Justice.” Africa Peace and Conflict Network, Briefing No. 3, April 2008.
31. “What if Habermas Went Native?” Peace Studies Journal, 1, 2008, pp. 1-12. (lead article)
30. “Abolishing the Death Penalty, Abolishing Prisons.” Moving Thought to Action. (Torry Dickinson, ed.), Paradigm Publishers, 2008
29. “Prisons as Diasporic Sites: Liberatory Voices from the Diaspora of Confinement.” Journal of Social Advocacy and Systems Change, 1, March 2008: 1-31 (lead article) http://cortland.edu/ids/sasc/content/prison_nagel.pdf
28. “Women's Rights behind Walls.” Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (Viviane Saleh-Hanna, ed.), University of Ottawa Press, 2008, pp. 223-44
27. “’I write what I like’: African Prison Intellectuals and the Struggle for Freedom.” Journal of PanAfrican Studies, 2(3), 2008, pp. 68-80 http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol2no3/IWriteWhatILike.pdf
26. “In Search of Abolition Democracy.” Democracy, Racism and Prisons. Radical Philosophy Today, Vol. 5 (Harry van der Linden & Peter Amato, eds.), Philosophy Document Center, 2008
25. “Witness to Injustice,” Special Issue: Scholar's Symposium: The Work of Angela Y. Davis, Journal of Human Studies, 30, 2007, pp. 281-90
24. “‘The Poors’ and the Struggle for Water and Sanitation in South Africa,” Hydropolitics in Africa: A Contemporary Challenge (Kitissou et al, eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp. 163-73
23. “Gender, Incarceration and Peacemaking: Lessons from Germany and Mali,” Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality (Nagel & Asumah, eds.), Africa World Press, 2007, pp. 43-51
22. Nagel & Asumah, “Introduction.” Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality (Nagel & Asumah, eds.), Africa World Press, 2007, pp. 1-10
21. “The Role of Prisons in a Socialist Future, or: The Incorrigible Ethos of Incarceration,” The Future of Socialism (Anton & Schmitt, eds.). Lexington Books, 2007, pp. 325-45
20. Essay “Ann Ferguson.” Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed. (Borchert, ed.) Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2006, pp. 606-7
18.19. “Environmental Justice and Women’s Rights: A Tribute to Wangari Maathai.” Wagadu 2(1), 2005. web.cortland.edu/wagadu (invited paper). Republished in Ecofeminism: An Overview. Banjara Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press, 2009.
16. 17. Encyclopedic essays “Women Prisoners” and “Political Prisoners in Africa, South of the Sahara,” Encyclopedia on Women in Islamic Cultures, III, Brill Publishers, 2005, 436-39
15. “Introduction,” special edition, “Feminists Confront Empire.” Wagadu 1, 2004. wagadu.org
14. Review essay of Chandra Mohanty and Joan Nagel’s books in Wagadu 1, 2004. wagadu.org
13. “Prison Intellectuals and the Struggle for Abolition.” Community and the World: Participating in Social Change (Dickinson, ed.). Nova Science, 2003, 165-75
12. “Reforming the Contract?” Racial Liberalism and the Politics of Urban America (Stokes and Melendez, eds), Michigan State University Press, 2003, 11-14
11. “Gefängnis und Profit. Made in the USA.” WarenWelten (Engel and Krohmer, eds.). Trafo Verlag, 2003, 89-104
10. “Prisons, Big Business, and Profit: Whither Social Justice?” Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice (Asumah and Johnston-Anumonwo, eds.). Global Publications, Binghamton University, 2002, 361-85
9. “Toward a Critical Social Ontology.” Review Essay of Patricia Huntington, Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition: Kristeva, Heidegger, Irigaray (1998), Human Studies 25(2), 2002, pp. 251-256
8. “Cyborg-Mothers: Feminist Discourses of ARTs.” Problems of Resistance (Martinot with James, eds.). Prometheus Press, 2001, pp. 203-15.
7. “On the Limits of Feminist Cross-Cultural Analysis.” Issues in Africa and the African Diaspora in the 21st Century. (Asumah & Johnston-Anumonwo, eds.). Institute of Global Cultural Studies Press at Binghamton University, 2001, pp. 53-69
6. “Thrownness, Playing-in-the-world, and the Question of Authenticity.” Feminist Interpretations of Heidegger (Huntington & Holland, eds.), Penn State Press, 2001, pp. 289-306
5. Light & Nagel, “Introduction.” Race, Class and Community Identity, 2000, pp. 9-19
4. “Cyborgs and Other Machines.” Research in Philosophy and Technology, 18, 1999, pp. 247-56
3. “Play in Culture and the Jargon of Primordiality: A Critique of Huizinga's Homo Ludens.” Play Writes: Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play (Duncan, Chick, and Aycock eds.), Ablex, 1998, pp. 19-30
2. “Critical Theory Meets the Ethic of Care: Engendering Social Justice and Social Identities.” Review essay for Social Theory and Practice, 23 (2), 1997, pp. 307-26
1. “Of Monsters and Transgression.” Alterity, Excess, Community, Proceedings of the seventh annual Strategies of Critique conference at York University, Toronto, 1993, pp. 113-22
n.d. “Mothers and Monsters” (UMass Amherst, 1993)
Publications - Book Reviews
13. Review Essay on Imprisoned Women (Wagadu, Vol. 11, 2013):
Resistance behind Bars: Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law,
Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex by Julia Sudbury,
Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists by Jodie M. Lawston & Ashley E. Lucas (Eds.),
Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States by Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds, Ruby C. Tapia (Eds.),
Reading is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons by Megan Sweeney
Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters by Wally Lamb & the Women of York Correctional Institution,
“Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: A Study of Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835-2000 by L. Mara Dodge,
Mad or Bad?: Race, Class, Gender, and Mental Disorder in the Criminal Justice System by Melissa Thompson
12. Autobiography of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El. In Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, 16(2), 2007: 130-33
11. Hearing Visions Seeing Voices, Mmatshilo Motsei. Wagadu, 3, May 2006. wagadu.org
10. Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America, Linda Layne. In National Women's Studies Journal 16(3), 2004, pp. 233-235
9. What is a Woman? And Other Essays, Toril Moi; Whiteness, Cuomo and Hall (eds.), and Shadowboxing, Joy James. In National Women's Studies Journal 13(2), 2001, pp. 213-17
8. Institutional Violence, D. Curtin and R. Likte (eds.). In Philosophy in Review 20(6), 2000, pp. 410-11
7. Feminist Interpretations of Immanuel Kant, Robin Schott (ed.). In Hypatia 4(3), Summer, 1999, pp. 169-72
6. Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "PostSocialist" Condition, Nancy Fraser. In Philosophy in Review 8(3), 1998, pp. 172-74
5. Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity, Allison Weir. In Canadian Philosophical Review of Books 16(4), 1996, pp. 328-30
4. Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange, S. Benhabib, J. Butler, D. Cornell, N. Fraser (with an introduction by L. Nicholson). In Canadian Philosophical Review of Books, 15(3), 1995, pp. 10-12
3. Dragons for Sale. Studies in Unreason, Robert Wheeler. In Canadian Philosophical Review of Books 14(4), 1994, pp. 298-300
2. Homo Ludens: Der spielende Mensch, Günther Bauer (ed.). In Play Theory and Research, 1(3), 1993, pp. 222-224
1. Heidegger et Nazisme: morale et politique, Victor Farías. In subject 1(1), 1988.
Articles in Popular Magazines and Special Editions
9. “Global and Diasporic Tightrope Walking: Sex Workers between Morality and Deviance.” Feministisches Institut Hamburg, Sept. 2012. http://www.feministisches-institut.de/global-and-diasporic-tightrope-walking-sex-workers-between-morality-and-deviance/
7.8. “Concluding Remarks” for Succeeding as Women in Higher Ed Conference, UUP/AFT Cortland Cause, 35(3): pp. 9-10. Fall 2009.
Republished in Oneonta UUP/AFT newsletter. Spring 2010.
6. Special Edition: Salary Special (co-edited with Henry Steck, SUNY Cortland, United University Professions); with article on gender gap in the professoriate. Fall 2006.
5. "Iris Marion Young - 1949-2006." In Against the Current, 128, 2007: 42. Also published on http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/540.
3. 4. “A Week in Court: Chronicling Domestic Violence” in IthacaToday.com (August 2000). Republished in She said/She said, SUNY Cortland, Spring, 2001: 20-2
2. “Reclaiming Affirmative Action.” East Wind, West Wind, Mankato Quarterly Journal, Winter Quarter, 1998: 6-7
1. Review of Blood at the Root: Motherhood, Sexuality and Male Dominance, by Ann Ferguson. In Against the Current 31, 1991: 6
Selected Radio Interviews
Ithaca Community Radio Program, 11/15/13
Talk Nation Radio: Views on Jail Expansion (with Barrie Gewanter, NYCLU)
Progressive news and analysis from leading experts on human rights, journalists, scholars, and political activists.
Author, Activist, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland
Passionate and committed, this fascinating conversation focuses on Nagel's book (co-edited by Seth Asumah) "Prisons and Punishment; Reconsidering Global Penality."
Mecke Nagel, Philip Otiento
Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Cortland, Activist from Kenya
Nagel and Otieno share compelling stories from Kenya about the Women's Rights Movement and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Mutha Mathai's Green Belt Movement.
Manuscripts in preparation
Book ms: An Ubuntu Ethic of Punishment (monograph)
1. “Media Images of (Youthful) Offenders: A Comparative Analysis of Race, Class, Gender in Germany and the US”
2. “Women Outlaws: Politics of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System”
3. “The Uneasy Marriage of Diversity Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies”
4. OAJ and Wagadu: Towards a Diamond Model of Feminist, Postcolonial Publishing. Submitted to tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique (invited)
5. “The Many Faces of Abolitionism”
6. “Beyond the New Jim Crow” (accepted as book chapter in Philosophical Accounts on Slavery)
Conference, Keynote, and Workshop Presentations (Refereed, unless otherwise indicated.)
117. “On the strategic and purposive uses of abolitionism,” International Conference on Penal Abolition, University of Ottawa, June 13-16, 2014.
116. Participant, Symposium ”The Ethics of Living,” Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen, Germany, 2-3 June, 2014 (invited).
115. Nagel & Asumah, “Diversity Studies and Managing Differences – Unpacking SUNY Cortland's Case and National Trends,” National Conference of Black Political Scientists, March 13-15 (invited).
114. Roundtable on The End of Prisons, Central New York Peace Consortium, Binghamton University, Dec. 7, 2013
113. “Practicing Abolitionism and Transformative Justice,” roundtable for Gender & Sexuality Conference, Clarkson University, October 26, 2013 (invited).
112. “The Many Faces of Abolitionism Discourse: From Chattel Slavery to Prisons and Prostitution,” Arts & Science Annual Lecture Series; Clarkson University, October 25, 2013 (Keynote).
111. “The Ethic of Ubuntu and the End of Penality,” Symposium on Mass Incarceration, Religion, and Abolitionism, Cornell University, Oct. 4, 2013 (invited).
110. “’Doing Diversity’ in the Global University,” Symposium on Sprache Macht Rassismus, Hochschule Fulda & Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Fulda, 28 May 2013 (invited).
109. “Philosophy Behind Prison Walls” Public Philosophy Network conference, Emory University, March 14-16, 2013.
107. 108.“Diversity Studies in the Global University,” AUDEM conference, Kielce, Poland, Oct. 30, 12. Also presented during Black History Month, SUNY Cortland, February, 2013.
106. “Teaching Feminist Philosophy on Race and Gender: Beyond the Additive Approach?” for session: The monstrosity of tolerance talk, ISSEI conference, Nikosia, Cyprus, July 5, 2012.
105. “Ubuntu and African Prison Intellectuals,” for session: Philosophical Echoes from the Prison Cell: From Socrates and Boethius to Antonio Gramsci and Toni Negri, ISSEI conference, Nikosia, Cyprus, July 5, 2012 (invited).
103. 104. “Ubuntu, Gender, and Spirituality: Transformative Justice Considerations,” ICOPA 14, Trinidad & Tobago (presentation via skype), June 14, 2012. Also presented at New York African Studies Association, Binghamton University, April 5, 2013.
102. “An Ubuntu Ethic of Punishment,” Philosophy Conference, Athens Institute for Education & Research, Athens, Greece, May 28, 12.
101. “Globale und diasporische Gratwanderungen: Zwischen Moralität und Unsittlichkeit,” gFFZ Lecture Series, Hochschule Frankfurt, May 5, 12 (keynote).
100. R. Nagel, H. Llavador, M. Nagel, & A. Perdomo Strauch, “ESA Executive Committee Composition Guessing Game,” Deception, Incentives and Behavior Conference, Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, April, 20, 12 (presented by Rosemarie Nagel, invited speaker).
99. “The Meaning of Solidarity,” Solidarity Dinner, SUNY Cortland, Black Student Union, Feb. 17, 12 (keynote).
98. “Trends in Philosophy,” GEST conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Nov.5, 11 (invited).
97. “State Violence and Feminist Discourses,” Bodies in Crisis conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Nov.3, 11 (invited).
96. Discussant, Machinery of Whiteness (by Steve Martinot), SOFPHIA, NYC, Oct.1, 11
95. Author meets Critics, Dancing with Iris plenary session, FEAST, September 22, 2011.
94. “The Meaning of Prisons,” Engaging Philosophy Symposium, Mt Holyoke College, March 23, 2011 (invited).
93. “The School to Prison Pipeline: From Native America to Urban America.” Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals Conference, Women’s Studies, SUNY Cortland, Oct. 22, 2010.
92. Introductory Remarks and Panel Discussion, Unveiling the Anarchist Studies Initiative, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, April 9, 2010.
91. “Towards a Postracial Society: Lessons from South Africa.” Society for an Ethical Culture, Brooklyn, May 16, 2010 (keynote).
90. “Education/Incarceration”, Regional Workshop on Policing, Incarceration and Militarization, Binghamton University, April 24, 2010 (invited).
88. 89. “Teaching in Prisons.” Central New York Peace Studies Conference, LeMoyne College, Nov. 14, 2009 (invited).
87. “Bestrafung und Justiz im Zeitalter Obamas.” Fuldaer Abende Lecture Series, Hochschule Fulda, Germany, June 16, 2009 (keynote)
85.86. Caroline Kaltefleiter and Mechthild Nagel, “From the Prison Tower to the Ivory Tower,” for book session: Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex. Concerned Philosophers for Peace Association, SUNY Cortland, Nov. 2008. Also presented at Critical Animal Studies Conference, SUNY Cortland, April 9, 2010.
84. “Prison Abolitionist Perspectives.” Social Justice Conference, Binghamton University, November, 2008 (invited).
83. “Media Images of (Youthful) Offenders: A Comparative Analysis of Race, Class, Gender in Germany and the United States of America.” ICOPA 12 and Howard League of Prison Reform, King’s College, London, July 23, 2008.
82. “Negotiating Women’s Rights in the Postcolonial (Carceral) Society: Cultural Justice vs. Criminal Justice.” New York African Studies Association, Cornell, March 29, 2008.
81. “Internationalizing the Africana Curriculum: Developing Partnerships with Universities and NGOs.” New York African Studies Association, Cornell, March 29, 2008.
79. 80. "Prisons as Diasporic Sites: Liberatory Voices from the Diaspora of Confinement." Symposium celebrating life and work of Prof. Ann Ferguson, UMass Amherst, May 11, 2007 (invited). Also presented for the lecture series of the Program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy, Binghamton University, October 16, 2007 (keynote).
78. "Reflections on Angela Davis's Abolition Democracy." Radical Philosophy Association, Creighton University, November 4, 2006 (invited).
77. "Perspectives on Prison Activism.” Ithaca College, July17, 2006 (invited).
73. 74. 75. 76. “What if Habermas Went Native?” International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany June 22, 2006. Also presented at Concerned Philosophers for Peace, St. Bonaventure University, October 20, 2006; Radical Philosophy Association Conference, Creighton University, November 3, 2006; Language of Violence Conference, SUNY Cortland, November 18, 2006.
72. “Books thru Bars, Ithaca.” Activist conference, Wells College, March 2006 (invited).
70.71. “Promises of Ubuntu in the New South Africa.” Institute for African Development, Cornell, March 9, 2006 (keynote). Also presented at New York State African Studies Association, SUNY New Paltz, April, 2006.
69. “Peace Circles: A Comparative Perspective from Native America to South Africa.” Annual Conference of the Regional Peace Studies Consortium, LeMoyne College, November 15, 2004.
67.68. “Women Outlaws: Politics of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System.” Syracuse University, November 5, 2005 (invited). Also delivered for Black History Month, SUNY Cortland, February 2006 (invited).
66. “African Women and Criminal In/Justice.” Harpur College Dean’s Workshop on Prisons & Social Transformation, Binghamton University, October 26, 2005 (keynote).
65. “Witness to Injustice.” Panel presentation on Angela Davis at SPEP, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 22, 2005 (invited).
64. Presentation on Chandra Mohanty Feminism without Borders, SOFPHIA biannual meeting, October 1, 2005.
63. “Women behind Walls.” ‘Human Rights in a Globalizing Era?’ Conference, University of Windsor, August 5, 2005.
62. “Lessons from the Greenbelt Movement.” Annual conference of New York African Studies Association, Binghamton University, April 29, 2005.
61. “Environmental Justice and Women’s Rights.” Institute for African Development, Cornell, 28 April 2005 (keynote).
60. “Ending Prisons, Ending Punishment.” Annual Conference of the Regional Peace Studies Consortium, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, November 13, 2004.
59. “Future of the RPA.” Plenary session at the 6th international conference, Radical Philosophy Association, Howard University, November 6, 2004.
58. “Summer Institute on Infusing Diversity into Teaching.” Facilitator-teacher. SUNY Cortland, May 19-24, 2004.
54. 55. 56. 57. “Gender, Prisons and Peacemaking in Mali.” African Studies Association, Washington DC, Nov, 2003. Also presented at Gender Inequalities Conference, Egerton University, Kenya, April 2004; Institute for African Development, Cornell, April 2004 (invited); SUNY Cortland, Black History Month, Feb., 2004 (invited).
53. “Gender, Prisons and Peacemaking: International Perspectives.” Sustainable Feminisms Conference, Macalester College, Oct.4, 2003.
52. Nagel & Williams, “Corrections Law and Military Law after 9/11”. Canadian Philosophical Association, Hallifax, May 30, 2003 (invited).
51. Respondent to paper on “Bio-politics”. Canadian Philosophical Association, Hallifax, May 30, 2003.
50. “‘I Write What I Like’: African Prison Intellectuals and the Struggle for Freedom.” New York State African Studies Association annual conference, Cornell, April 11, 2003.
49. “AIDS Education in African Prisons: A proposal for Action.” African Studies Association, Washington DC, December 8, 2002.
48. “Teaching in Prison and Learning from Prison Intellectuals.” Diversity Conference, SUNY Cortland, November 16, 2002.
47. “African Prison Intellectuals.” Radical Philosophy Conference, Brown University, Providence, November 8, 2002.
46. “Prisons as Diasporic Sites.” Applied Geography Conference, Binghamton, October 26, 2002.
45. Nagel & Asumah, "Gender and Racial Identity: Redefining Whiteness in Power and Structural Analysis." 15th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE 2002), May 30, New Orleans, 2002.
44. "African Approaches to Penal Abolition." Institute for African Development, Cornell University, February 28, 2002 (keynote).
43. "International Perspectives on Prisons." Black History Month, SUNY Cortland, February 27, 2002 (invited).
42. Nagel and Badr (undergraduate student). “After September 11: Interrogating Whiteness.” Residence Life Conference, SUNY Cortland, February 23, 2002.
41. “Teaching to Transgress.” A workshop on bell hooks and Black feminism for Faculty Development Center, SUNY Cortland, Feb. 15 (invited), 2002.
40. "Thrownness, Playing-in-the-world, and the Question of Authenticity." The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Goucher College, October 8, 2001 (invited symposium).
39. "Prisons and Profit". Ware – Fetisch – Konsum symposium, Salecina, Switzerland, July 19, 2001.
38. "Unfinished Liberation: The Specter of Apartheid." Critical Theory & Race: Contesting the Racial Contract, Purdue University, March 24, 2001.
37. "Prisons as Diasporic Sites." Critical Resistance Conference: Contesting the Prison Industrial Complex, Columbia University, March 10, 2001.
36. "Teaching Anti-Racism." A workshop at Radical Philosophy Association, Chicago, IL, November 3, 2000.
35. "On the Prison Industrial Complex." A workshop at SOFPHIA, Amherst, MA, Sept.29 (invited), 2000.
34. "Internationalizing the NWSA." Roundtable participant, International Task Force at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Boston, MA, June 2000 (invited).
33. "The Promise of Dis-Locating Cultures." National Women's Studies Association, Boston, June 17, 2000.
32. Nagel & Ashley. “(Virtually) Tearing Down the Walls: Prison Education Through Distance-learning.” International Conference on Penal Abolition, Toronto, May 12, 2000.
30. 31. "On the Limits of Feminist Cross-Cultural Analysis." Socialist Scholars Conference, NY, April 2, and New York African Studies Association, Cortland, April 29, 2000.
29. Nagel, Ashley, & Russell. "Mumia, the Death Penalty, and MOVE." Black History Month, SUNY Cortland, February 2000 (invited).
28. "The Quest for Abolitionism." Presented at a panel sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association at the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 28, 1999.
27. “Skin/Technologies of the Self.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Eugene, OR, October 8, 1999.
26. “Not Under Western Eyes?” National Women’s Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, June 18, 1999.
25. “Bread and Roses.” Women and Leadership Conference, Mankato, Feb.13. 1999 (invited).
24. “Criminal Injustice.” Plenary “The Prison Industry and Political Prisoners.” Minnesota State University, Mankato, Jan.20, 1999 (invited).
23. “Technologies of the Self: A Materialist Feminist Critique.” Radical Philosophy Association, national meeting, San Francisco, Nov. 6, 1998
22. “Thrownness, Playing-in-the-world, and the Question of Authenticity: Heidegger under Feminist Eyes.” Society for Philosophy of the Contemporary World, Estes Park, August 11, 1998.
21. “Publishing Your Conference Presentation.” Workshop at National Women’s Studies Association, Oswego, June 14, 1998.
20. “Feminist Play with the Abject.” Pathways to Peace conference sponsored by the Mankato State Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change, May 8, 1998.
19. “On the Poverty of Discourse Ethics and Monstrous “M/others” of Antigone.” Respondent for papers by Cynthia Willett and Tina Chanter, American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), L.A., March 28, 1998 (invited).
18. “Am I that Name?: Postmodern Automatons and the Politics of Resistance.” Women’s Studies Symposium, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, March 13, 1998.
17. "What exactly do we mean by interlocking oppression?" Women's Center Brownbag Lunch Lecture Series, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Nov. 11, 1997 (invited).
16. Respondent for papers by Asli Gocer and Heather Reid for a Plato Symposium, at the Philosophy Homecoming conference, UMass Amherst, October 4, 1997 (invited).
15. Respondent for a paper by Melissa Burchard: "Violence as Rational Action: A Key to Understanding Violence Against Women," at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Oakland, March 27, 1997 (invited).
14. "In the Dialectics of Enlightenment: Foucault and Habermas." Philosophy Club, Minnesota State University, Mankato, February 25, 1997 (invited).
13. "Urban Center, Community Values and the Country Feel." Presented at a panel sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Geography at the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, December 27, 1996.
12. "On the Politics of Urban Renewal." Rethinking Marxism Conference, UMass Amherst, December 6, 1996.
11. "Multiculturalism and its Discontents: On the Politics of Asylum and Immigration in Post-1989 Germany." Radical Philosophy Association, Purdue University, November 15, 1996.
10. Biennial meeting of SOFPHIA, book discussant of Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity by Allison Weir, Boston, October 6, 1996 (invited).
9. Respondent for a paper by Ales Erjavec: "From Iconoclasm to Postmodernism" at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Asilomar, CA, April 4, 1996 (invited).
8. Discussant of a paper by Dion Farquar: "Reproductive Technologies." Biennial meeting of SOFPHIA, New York, October 22, 1995 (invited).
7. "A Radical Agenda for the Next Decade," co-panelist of a plenary session (with Iris Young, Milton Fisk, and Charles Mills), Radical Philosophy Association at Drake University, Des Moines, November 5, 1994 (invited).
6. "A Postmodern Feminist Subversion of the Ideal of Community." Eastern Division APA; panel sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association, Atlanta, December 29, 1994.
5. Respondent for a paper (on the philosophy of Benjamin, Heidegger and Bataille) by Peter Madsen: "Il faut être absolument radical(e)" at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Santa Barbara, October, 28, 1994 (invited).
4. "Huizinga under Heidegger's Spell." Pacific Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, Asilomar, CA, April 8, 1993.
3. "Of Monsters and Transgression.” Strategies for Critique VII, Annual Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Symposium, at York University, Toronto, April 1-2, 1993.
1.2. "Play in Culture and the Jargon of Primordiality: A Critique of Huizinga's Homo Ludens." Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, Providence, March 19, 93. Also presented at the Association for the Study of Play (TASP), St. Paul, MN, April 24, 1993.
Conference co-organizer, Praxis Africana, New York African Studies Association, SUNY Cortland, April 4-5, 2014
Panel organizer and presenter, “Race, Bias, and the Zimmerman Trial,” SUNY Cortland, Nov. 6, 20013
Session Chair, “The Horizon at the Centre”: No Peripheries,” symposium on Global Anarchisms: No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries, Cornell University, Sept. 21, 12.
Panel chair and organizer, “Discussing Penn State and Beyond,” SUNY Cortland, Dec. 7, 11.
Session chair, “A Biopolitics of Cool: Neoliberalism, Difference, Ethics,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, Oct. 21, 11.
Conference chair, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), Succeeding as Women in Higher Education, SUNY Cortland, Oct. 20-22, 09.
Program member, Philosophy Dept., The Language of Violence: Critical Thinking about War and Peace, SUNY Cortland, Nov. 18, 06.
Program member, Institute for African Development, Power, Gender, and Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora, Cornell, Apr. 21-22, 06.
Panel organizer, “Women’s Rights, Women’s Resistances,” for Human Rights in a Globalizing Era? Conference, University of Windsor, Aug. 5, 05.
Panel organizer, chair, Author Meets Critic, Carol Gould’s book Globalizing Democracy. 6th international conference, Radical Philosophy Association, Howard University, Nov. 6, 04.
Program chair, Engaging Philosophy: Justice and the Global Civic Community, SUNY Cortland, Nov. 14-15. Organized 20 sessions, 03.
Panel organizer, session chair, “Students’ Perspectives on Feminism and Women’s Lives,” Engaging Philosophy conference, Nov. 14, 03.
Session chair, “The Prison in the Age of Punitive Paternalism,” Gender, Race, and Incarceration Conference, Cornell University, Apr. 19, 03.
Panel organizer, chair, “Contextualizing Local Knowledge of the International Health System: Female Genital Circumcision (FGC) and HIV/AIDS in Africa,” African Studies Association, Washington, DC., Dec. 8, 02.
Panel organizer, “Voices from Within: Prison Intellectuals and Liberatory Education,” Diversity Conference, SUNY Cortland, Nov. 16, 02.
Program Chair, Thinking about Prisons: Theory and Practice, SUNY Cortland, Oct. 24-26, 01. Organized 30 sessions, 2 plenaries.
Panel organizer, chair, "Excitable Speech, Women's Rights, and Citizenship: Critical Global/Local Feminist Perspectives," National Women’s Studies Association, Boston, June, 2000.
Panel organizer, chair, "The Spell of the Empire: Critical Global Trends in Feminist Discourses," Socialist Scholars Conference, NY, April 2, 2000.
Panel organizer, "Women's Human Rights in an International Perspective,” National Women’s Studies Association, Albuquerque, 18 June, 99.
Organizer and translator of talk by Irene Nagel, “Remembering the Dresden Firestorm,” Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies and the Kessel Institute for Peace, Mankato, April 14, 98.
Co-oganizer, “Workshop on Affirmative Action.” Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies and Philosophy, Mankato, May 12, 98.
Program Committee Co-Chair of the Midwest Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin at Madison, March 14-16, 97. 12 presentations.
Member of the Program Planning Committee for the First International Conference of the Radical Philosophy Association at Drake University, IA. Nov.4-8, 98. 30 sessions.
Co-Organizer of the first Annual Graduate Student Conference sponsored by Women's Studies, UMass Amherst, April 10, 93. Organized 10 sessions.
Courses taught in Philosophy at SUNY Cortland (1999-present)
Prejudice, Discrimination and Morality
Social and Political Philosophy
Race and Racism
Feminist Social Thought
Prisons and Punishment
Contemporary Moral Problems
Postmodernism and Liberation Theories
Philosophical Approaches from Hegel to Nietzsche
Philosophy of Human Nature
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics of Death and Dying
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
Approaches to Anarchist Studies (Honors)
Prisons and Punishment: Foucault (Honors)
Courses taught in Women’s Studies at SUNY Cortland (2000-2010)
Approaches to Women Studies (WST 100)
Feminist Social Thought (see above)
Courses taught at Hochschule Fulda, Germany (2008-2013)
Global Feminisms (MA-level)
Gender: History and Politics
Multiculturalism in the USA
Philosophical Reflections on Nietzsche’s Zarathustra (BA and MA levels)
Introduction to Gender
Gender and Globalization (BA and MA levels)
Gender and Communication (MA-level)
Prisons and Punishment
Methods—Scientific Writing (MA—preparing a MA thesis)
Approaches to Diversity (MA-level)
Race and Racism (MA-level)
Course taught in the men’s prison, Fulda, Germany (2012-13)
Introduction to Philosophy
Courses taught at area prisons in New York State (2000-2005)
“Behavioral Philosophy” (MacCormick Secure Center)
“Social and Political Thought” (Cayuga Correctional)
“Introduction to Philosophy” (MacCormick Secure Center)
“Introduction to Philosophy” (Five Points Correctional)
“Political Philosophy” (Elmira Prison)
“Communication Studies” (Elmira Prison, co-taught with faculty from Ithaca College)
External Reviewer, PhD dissertation committees:
Jason Mallory, “Prisoner Oppression, Democratic Crises, Abolitionist Visions: Toward a Social and Political Philosophy of Mass Incarceration,” SPEL, Binghamton University, 2008
Betty Wambui, “Social Contract - A Tool for Theorizing Practice.” PIC, Binghamton University, 2006
Examiner, B.A. Theses in Social-Cultural Studies and Social Work Departments, Fulda University of Applied Sciences (2012-present)
(evaluation of written work as well as disputation, a graded oral examination)
College Service at SUNY-Cortland
2013-14 Personnel Committee, chair, Humanities subdivision
2010- Clark Subcommittee on International Students, Scholars, & Partnerships (liaison for several MOUs with African and German universities)
2010-11 Middle States Review, Academic excellence committee
2010-11 Access to College Education, Operating Committee
2009-10 Arts & Sciences Dean’s Search Committee
2009-10 Africana Studies Self-Study
2009- International Women’s Faculty Caucus, Convener and chair
2009 NCATE SPA report training; facilitating review of 2 SPAs
2008- Multicultural Council (ex officio)
2008- Affirmative Action Committee (ex officio)
2008- Committee on the Status and Equality of Women (ex officio)
2008-9 Women’s Faculty Caucus, Coordinating Committee
2008- Institute for Disability Studies (ex officio)
2008- Academic Affairs Council
2006, 2007-8 Personnel Committee, Humanities subdivision
2007-10 Study Abroad program
2006-9 Philosophy Curriculum Committee, Chair
2004- Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice
2004-11 Wellness Group, Chair and founder
2004-2011 Benefits Chair, UUP chapter, member of Executive Board
2003- Co-chair, TransAfrica Project
2003-4 Ethnic Studies Taskforce
2002 Teaching Philosophy Taskforce, Chair
2002 Long Range Goal (International Education), Fall
2002-03 Mali Interest Group
2002-05 Chair, Philosophy Assessment Committee
2002-04 Blake/Scott Program (retention & mentorship program for students of color)
2001-02 September 11 Committee
2001 Middle States, Committee on Equity, Access, and Diversity
2001- Clark Center for International Education
2000-02 Affirmative Action Committee (ex officio)
2000-01 Faculty Writing Group
2000-04 Advisor, P.O.W.E.R. (feminist student group)
2000 Student Affairs Committee, Spring
2000-02 International Faculty Taskforce/UUP, Chair
2000- Africana Studies Committee (MGS, now free-standing department)
1999-2008 Women’s Studies Committee
1999-2000 UUP Affirmative Action Chair, and member of the Executive Board of the UUP/AFT at Cortland
1999-2006, 2008- Chair of Philosophy Personnel Committee
Peace Studies Journal, Journal for Critical Urban Education, Meridians, Mayfield Publications, Rowman and Littlefield Press, Guilford Press, Journal of the Society for Philosophy of the Contemporary World, Hypatia, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, International Journal of Politics and Ethics, SUNY Press, McGraw-Hill, Blackwell, McGill Queens University Press, Journal of Social Philosophy, Radical Philosophy Today Series, Social Philosophy Today Series, Educational Research and Reviews, American Journal of Play, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society
Grants review: Law and Gender application, British Research Council, 2010
Conference paper review: Gender Studies consultant, conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR, Graz, Austria), 2009
Consultancy: Philosophy working group (on Gender, Violence, and Power), University of Iceland, 2011
Expert witness: Family Court on matter of permanency placement, Cortland County (November 2013)
Gendered Epistemologies: The Gendering of African Traditions, Spaces, Social Identities and Institutions, by Oyeronke Oyewumi (ed.), Routledge, 2010
Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy by Sharon M. Meagher and Patrice DiQuinzio, SUNY Press, 2005.
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis, Seven Stories Press, 2007
Professional Organization Service:
2013-14 New York African Studies Association, President
2013-14 Program Committee, Public Philosophy Conference (to be held in San Francisco, October 2014)
2013-15 International Journal of Educational Research (Editorial Board)
2012-14 Program Committee, International Conference on Penal Abolition (to be held in Ottawa, June 2014)
2012- International Consortium for the Study of the Sahel, founding member
2012- Journal of Research in Gender Studies (Advisory Board, Romania)
2012- Athens Institute for Education & Research, Greece (Academic Member)
2012-Occasional Paper Series, Institute for African Development, Cornell University
2011- Journal for Critical Urban Education, Hamline University
2010- African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review (Editorial board)
2008- Theory in Action (Transformative Studies Institute, NJ) (Editorial board)
2008-10 Peace Studies Journal, Le Moyne College (Editorial board)
2008- New York Journal of Sociology, SUNY Cortland (Editorial board)
2007- Journal of Social Advocacy and Systems Change, SUNY Cortland (Editorial board)
2007- book series: Critical Studies on the Left, Lexington Books (Associate Editor)
2005- book series: Social Philosophy, Rodopi (Editorial board)
2003-The Perspective on South Africa (Editorial board)
2003- Publications committee, Institute for African Development, Cornell University
2002-Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (eJournal, wagadu.org), SUNY Cortland (Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief)
2002-06 Radical Philosophy Association (Co-chair)
2000-1 National Women's Studies Association (Member of the International Task Force)
1996-2002 Radical Philosophy Association (Executive Advisory Board)
1996-2003 Radical Philosophy Association's Series of National Conference proceedings (Editorial board).
Community Service, Central New York:
Gage Center, Fayetteville, NY (consultant on transformative justice exhibits)
AAUW, Cortland Chapter
YWCA 2009-11, Board of Directors, Cortland (member, advocacy committee)
NYCLU 2011-14, Syracuse Chapter of the ACLU (Board of Directors)
Concerned Citizens for Sustainable Energy (founding member)
CNY confab, Prison Education and Reform
Cortland Transport Advisory Council (since 2013)
Ithaca Citizens on Jail Expansion (since 2013)
United Voices of Cortland (co-founder, since 2013)
Community/College Service in Fulda
Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Fulda prison for men (Fall 2012)
Supervisor of Instructors, Fulda prison (2012-present)
Instructor, Philosophy with Children, Fulda (for 6-10 year old school children); Fall 2012; Summer 2013)
Updated: December 2013