Doctoral Program Director
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1999
Harriman Hall 252
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570
Current Book Project:
The Genocide Paradox
The book investigates the relation between the how we understand political existence—through
political selfhood, life, agency, public space, political institutions—and the formal
structures of genocide. What is the connection between the existential structure of
agency and selfhood, and generation and the formal structure of genocide? Even though
political philosophy understands nations and nationalism as cultural creations of
th century, we continue to organize ourselves into nation-states today, and are constituted
as subjects and citizens in ways that are still deeply informed by birth, nationality
and our desire to belong as generational beings to a past and a future. The
genos is the unexamined object of this desire and, in an age of genocide, there is an urgent
need to interrogate what drives us to value the
genos so highly as to abhor violence against it above all else. Democracy holds out the
promise of a politics beyond the
genos, but if it is to make good on that promise it will have to take over the generational
work of mourning and renewal
as the work of politics.
Logics of Genocide, a volume co-edited with Martin Shuster, will appear with Indiana University Press
Natality and Finitude
my current project on genocide, my work has happened at the intersection of ontology
and politics. In articles and chapters I have investigated the political and ontological
questions that arise around embodiment ("The Politics of Intrusion," “Umbilicus”),
gender ("The Excess of Justice"), labor ("Symbol, Exchange and Birth"), teaching ("Pedagogy
without a Project"), and worldiness (“Amery, Arendt and the Future of the World”).
Much of it has dealt with the work of Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy.
Translations, alone and with collaborators, include three books of Nancy’s:
Being Singular Plural (with Robert Richardson, Stanford, 2000),
Being Nude (with Carlie Anglemire, Fordham, 2014) and
Corpus II (Fordham, 2013).
Subjects and Simulations (Lexington, 2014), on the work of Jean Baudrillard and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, was
edited with Hugh Silverman.
Irish Studies is an on-going interest. “Traumatized Sovereignty” deals with the functioning
of sovereignty in Northern Ireland, and “Learning a Strange Native Language” is about
inheriting the Irish language, with a nod to Derrida’s
Monolingualism of the Other.
Social and political philosophy; contemporary political philosophy; philosophy and
race; philosophy and genocide;
Sensus communis; critical phenomenology; Arendt; Nancy; Nietzsche; Descartes; philosophy, commemoration
and mourning; art and society.
I will be director of the
in Citta di Castello, Italy, in July 2019,
Professor Anne O'Byrne's CV
Natality and Finitude
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010).
Subjects and Simulations
, edited by Anne O'Byrne and Hugh Silverman (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013).
Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality
translated by Anne O'Byrne (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).
translated by Anne O'Byrne and Carlie Anglemire (New York: Fordham University Press,
Being Singular Plural translated by Robert Richardson and Anne O'Byrne (Stanford, CA: Stanford University