Sarah Hansen, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy

Sarah Hansen

Office: 5054 MacAlister
Phone: 215.895.6854
Fax: 215.895.1071


  • BA, Grinnell College, 2004
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2010


My research lies at the intersection in continental philosophy, feminist theory, and bioethics. I am particularly interested in the contribution of these fields to philosophy of the body. I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines Michel Foucault’s concept of biopolitics, a form of that regulates the life of bodies and populations. I am also co-founder and co-director of The Kristeva Circle, an academic organization dedicated to advancing scholarship on the work of Julia Kristeva. For more information about these projects please visit and

Selected Publications

  • “Terri Schiavo and the Language of Biopolitics.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Volume 5.1. March 2012.
  • “Agamben, Kristeva and the Violence of the Sacred.” Philosophy Today, Special Issue on “Violence and the Sacred.” Edited by Maria Margaroni. August 2012.
  • “Infancy, Animality and the Limits of Language.” Journal of Critical Animal Studies. Special Issue on “Continental Approaches to Critical Animal Studies.” Edited by Chloë Taylor. Volume 9. Issue 2. 2011.
  • Book Review. Ellen Feder, Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. philoSOPHIA: a Feminist Journal Vol. 1, No. 1.