Deborah Goldgaber

Deborah Goldgaber

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.: Northwestern University, 2014

Phone: (225) 578-7399
Office: 118E Himes


Deborah Goldgaber received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 2014, following an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (NYC). She also holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.


Areas of Interest

Dr. Goldgaber's teaching focuses on contemporary Continental philosophy and Feminist philosophy and also on 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy. She also has teaching interests in applied ethics, particularly in exploring the question of what individuals and institutions might be required to do in order to correct for implicit/cognitive biases.  

Her current research focuses on continental metaphysics, in particular on the question of how to conceptualize the relations between material and ideational processes in non-dualistic terms.  In recent work, she argues that deconstructive theory, particularly the early work of Jacques Derrida, provides important resources for overcoming traditional philosophical dualisms (e.g. mind/matter; culture/nature) in order to reconceive the relations between the two poles.  On her reading, deconstructive theory motivates the view that relations are ontologically prior to the relata.

Courses Offered:

  • PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy
  • WGS 7150 Feminist Theory


Awards and Honors

  • Humanities Workshop Grant, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, 2011-2012
  • Fellow, Paris Program in Critical Theory (Northwestern), 2009
  • Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow, École normale supérieure (ULM), Paris, 2008
  • Michael E. Gellert Fellow, New School For Social Research, 2004


Selected Publications

She is currently working to publish a manuscript based on her dissertation, tentatively entitled “The Materiality of the Trace: Deconstruction after the Linguistic-Turn.”