About Me

IMG_0319I am an assistant professor in the philosophy departments at Barnard College and Columbia University.
I work on issues in moral psychology and ethics broadly construed, overlapping with topics in social philosophy and aesthetics.  In terms of figures, I work mostly on Kant and Freud, but also Nietzsche, Cavell, and James Baldwin.

I also write art and cultural criticism.

Here is an  interview I did for the APA Blog.

(And this is Ivan, who is not my cat).


Department of Philosophy
326 Milbank Hall
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027


frussell [at] barnard [.] edu


Header image credits (some favorite films):
Still from “Tokyo Story” (Yasujirō Ozu 1953)
Still from “The Kid with a Bike” (Dardenne brothers 2011)
Still from “The Night of the Hunter” (Charles Laughton 1955)
Criterion cover for “Safe” (Todd Haynes 1995)