Francey Russell

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College and Columbia University. In 2023-2024 I will be a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Heyman Center for the Humanities. I work on issues in moral psychology and ethics broadly construed, overlapping with topics in social philosophy and aesthetics (especially film). In terms of figures, I work on Kant and Freud, but also have interests in and have written about James Baldwin, Stanley Cavell, W.E.B Du Bois, Iris Murdoch, Nietzsche, and Bernard Williams. I’m currently working on a book on the ethical, political, and aesthetic significance of self-opacity. I also write art and film criticism.

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 Night of the Hunter” (Charles Laughton 1955)
Still from “Medea” (Pier Paolo Pasolini 1969)
Criterion cover for “Safe” (Todd Haynes 1995)