Dr. Ryan Crawford
Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy
Department Head of the Center for Liberal Arts
Courses Taught at WVPU
Introduction to Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Problems: Why War?
Philosophy Reading Course: Freud's Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
International Relations Seminar: Capital and Its Discontents
Background and Facts
Ryan Crawford studied philosophy, comparative literature and english, receiving his BA from Trinity College, CT (2006), and his MA (2010) and PhD (2012) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At SUNY-Buffalo, he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Rodolphe Gasché and Joan Copjec, and served on the editorial board of umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious and theory@buffalo. Since he began teaching at Webster Vienna in 2012, he has been awarded the Schön Nobel Teacher of the Year Award three times by the Student Government Association. In 2016, he became Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and Department Head of WVPU's Center for Liberal Arts.
His current research interests are in the fields of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, contemporary political theory, art, literature and aesthetics. His most recent essays can be found in Radical Philosophy, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Evental Aesthetics, The New Americanist and Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. In addition to teaching at WVPU, he also regularly teaches at the University of Vienna's Department of Philosophy.
- Adorno and the Concept of Genocide, eds. R. Crawford & E. Vogt. Amsterdam: Rodopi/Brill, 2016
- Delimiting Experience: Aesthetics and Politics, eds. R. Crawford, E. Vogt & G. Unterthurner. Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2013.
- "Liquidated Subjects," review of Liquidation World: On the Art of Living Absently, by Alexi Kukuljevic, Radical Philosophy 2.06 / Winter 2019, pgs. 111-113.
- "Erdglob nun nun: Über die Naturgeschichte des Menschen" [Earth-Globe Now Now: On the Natural History of Man], Wespennest. Zeitschift für Brauchbare Texte und Bilder 176: Klima, trans. Sandra Lehmann (2019).
- "Proust's Natural History Museum," Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, 28:1 (June 2019)
- "Index of the Contemporary: Adorno, Art, Natural History," Evental Aesthetics: Aesthetic Intersections 2. Vol. 7, No. 2 (2018)
- "Moby-Dick, American Studies and the Aesthetic Education of Man," The New Americanist (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 (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).