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Perry Zurn Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy Department of Philosophy & Religion

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(202) 885-2964 (Office)
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - 112
Office Hours (Fall 2021)
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 and by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy
Affiliate Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty Fellow, Complex Problems
PhD, Philosophy, DePaul University
MA, Philosophy, Miami University

Languages Spoken
English, French, Latin
Perry Zurn is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. A political philosopher, Zurn studies forces and histories of change, focusing on the power of curiosity, political resistance, and transgender life. He is the author of Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry (2021) and the co-author of Curious Minds (MIT Press, forthcoming 2022). He is also the co-editor of Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (2016), Carceral Notebooks 12 (2017), Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (2020), and Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group, 1970-1980 (2021). He is currently at work on two new monographs: one on the poetics of transgender activism and another on the philosophy of movement.


Fall 2022

  • PHIL-236 Ecological Justice