Dr. Ryan Crawford



Current Position:

  • Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy





Courses Taught @ WVPU

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary Moral Problems: Why War?
  • International Relations Seminar: Capital and Its Discontents


In December 2016, Ryan Crawford joined the International Relations Department as Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy, and also serves as the Head of Webster Vienna's Global Citizenship Program. He has been awarded the Schön Nobel Teacher of the Year Award by the Student Government Association three times since he began teaching at Webster in 2012.

From April 2008 to July 2012, he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo while completing his MA in Comparative Literature (2010) and his PhD in English (2012) under the supervision of Rodolphe Gasché and Joan Copjec. At SUNY-Buffalo, he served on the editorial board of umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious and theory@buffalo. His current research interests are in the fields of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, contemporary political theory, art, literature and aesthetics.


Edited Books


  • "Index of the Contemporary: Adorno, Art, Natural History," Evental Aesthetics: Aesthetic Inquiries 4 (forthcoming 2018)
  • "Moby-Dick, American Studies and the Aesthetic Education of Man," The New Americanist (forthcoming 2018)
  • “The Fossil and the Word: Toward a Concept of the Philosophical Fragment,” Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 29: ‘Thinking with Style’: Philosophy, Style and Literary Form (forthcoming 2018)
  • "Time / Speech / Sentence / Screen," in Maske und Kothurn: Internationale Beiträge zur Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, edited by Rainer Köppl and Randy Sterling Hunter (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2016).
  • "Dieses Bilderbuchland mit seinem imaginierten Boden. Europa – Adorno – Proust" [That Storybook Land With Its Imagined Soil: Europe/Adorno/Proust], in Bruchlinien Europas: Philosophische Erkundungen bei Badiou, Adorno, Žižek und anderen [Faultines of Europe: Philosophical Investigations through Badiou, Adorno, Žižek and others], translated by Anna Wieder and Sergej Seitz:  edited by Erik M. Vogt and Gerhard Unterthurner (Vienna/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2016).
  • "Words and Organs" in Adorno and the Concept of Genocide, eds. R. Crawford and E. Vogt  (Amsterdam: Rodopi/Brill, 2016).
  • "Adorno as Alibi" in Delimiting Experience: Aesthetics and Politics, eds. R. Crawford, G. Unterthurner and E. Vogt (Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2013).
  • "Make It Monstrous: Moby-Dick and 19th Century Psychiatry," in Monstrosity in Literature, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, eds. Unterthurner & Vogt (Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2012);
  • "The Terror of Animality: Sartre, Arendt and Badiou," in Metacide: Genocide in the Pursuit of Excellence, eds. Vogt & Watson (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010);
  • "Review: Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII, by Marc de Kesel," in umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious (2010).