Lysane Fauvel

Areas of expertise

History of Philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism

Feminist Theory, Feminist Ethics, Queer and Transgender Theory

Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis, Film Theory and Visual Culture


Ph.D. in Philosophy with Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2009


Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Southwestern University
August 01, 2010 - present
Padeia Professor Affiliate Faculty in Feminist Studies Affiliate Faculty in Race and Ethnicity Studies

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

Feminist Philosophy, Feminist Ethics, Philosophy of the Self, Intersubjectivity and Empathy

Phenomenology, Existentialism, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis

Queer Time/ Nation Time, Post-Colonial Identity and Chicana Experience, Queer and Transgender Theory


My original area of research focused on the history of the concept of empathy, which traces back to the ability we have to feel ourselves into texts, paintings, landscapes, buildings, music as well as others. Through listening, viewing, moving, reading, we have always had the ability to expand the experiences we have had in order to feel ourselves into different unknown worlds despite the fact that, as embodied individuals, we are always already embedded in a particular culture, language, politic, gender role, etc. My current research focuses on interdisciplinary analyses of the various processes by which our identities are formed and the ways in which these identification processes take place in a socio-cultural historically contextualized and situated place and time. My recent focus has been on the concept of "disidentification," which recognizes that while identifications are always restrictive, limiting and prescriptive, they are nevertheless necessary to form coalitions and for political activism. Through a focus on queer theory, psychoanalysis, cultural studies and visual culture I examine the possibilities for future non-static and alternative identity formations or —  "disidentifications." In José Esteban Munoz’s words: “The here and now is a prison house. We must strive in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think a then and there.”