Ellie Anderson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
With Pomona Since: 2020
  • Expertise


    Ellie Anderson specializes in continental European philosophy, with emphasis on twentieth-century French philosophy and feminist theory. Her research focuses on relational theories of selfhood, the philosophy of love, and sexual ethics.

    Research Interests

    • Selfhood and Personal Identity
    • Phenomenology 
    • Philosophy of Love
    • Ethics

    Areas of Expertise

    • Phenomenology
    • Existentialism
    • Poststructuralism
    • Feminist Theory
    • Philosophy of Race
  • Work


    Overthink podcast

    “The Ethical Significance of Being an Erotic Object,” co-written with Caleb Ward. The Palgrave Handbook of Sexual Ethics, ed. David Boonin (forthcoming).

    “Erotic Love and Marriage in Beauvoir’s The Second Sex,” Le Deuxième Sexe Seventy Years On, ed. Pauline Henry-Tierney and Julia Bullock (forthcoming).

    “Questions to Jacques Derrida” and “Ocelle comme pas un,” by Jacques Derrida, co-translated with Philippe Lynes, in Thinking What Comes, ed. Geoffrey Bennington and Kas Saghafi (forthcoming).

    "Phenomenology and the Ethics of Love." Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, forthcoming 2021.

    "Sartre's Affective Turn: Shame as Recognition in 'The Look." Philosophy Today, 65:3, Summer 2021. 

    “Feminist Perspectives on the Self,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, co-written with Cynthia Willett and Diana Tietjen Meyers. First published July 2015; updated February 2020.

    Unmute podcast, episode 51, interviewed by host Myisha Cherry: "The Divide in Philosophy."

    “The Limits of Consent in Sexual Ethics,” American Philosophical Association (APA) Women in Philosophy blog, April 23. 

    "From Existential Alterity to Ethical Reciprocity: Beauvoir's Alternative to Levinas." Continental Philosophy Review, 52:2, 2019, 171-189.

    Abraham’s Melancholy,” by Jacques Derrida, co-translated with Philippe Lynes, Oxford Literary Review, 39:2, 153-188.

    "Autoeroticism: Rethinking Self-Love with Derrida and Irigaray.” PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, 12:1, Spring/Summer 2017, 53-70. 

    “The Other (Woman): Limits of Knowledge in Beauvoir’s Ethics of Reciprocity,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 28:3, 380-388, 2014.

  • Education


    Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University

    Master of Arts, Philosophy, Emory University

    Bachelor of Arts, optima, Philosophy, Trinity College

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    • Arts & Sciences Fellowship, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2011-2016
    • Piedmont TATTO Fellowship in Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum, Emory University, 2015
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 2010
    • President's Fellow of Philosophy, Trinity College, 2010