Professional Bio

Ph.D., Duquesne University, Philosophy, 2015.
Dissertation: Rethinking Multiplicity After Deleuze and Badiou

M.H. (Master of Humanities), University of Colorado Denver, Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009.
Thesis: Means of Access, Modes of Allowance: Other Selves and the Formation of Identity in Phenomenology

M.A. (Honors), Denver Seminary, Philosophy of Religion, 2006.

B.A., Regis University (Regis College), Philosophy and History, 2001.
Senior Honors Thesis: Garbage Under Pseudonyms: Limitations in Fiction and Philosophy.

Research & Scholarship

Publications

Review Essay, "Geoffrey Pfeifer's The New Materialism: Althusser, Badiou, and Zizek." Working Group on Contemporary Materialism (fall 2015). https://contemporarymaterialism.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/becky-vartabedian-on-pfeifers-the-new-materialism/

“Allowances, Affordances, and the Collaborative Constitution of Identity.” Perspectives International Postgraduate Journal in Philosophy, vol. 5 (2014).

“Should We Condemn Michael?” in Ultimate LOST and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone, ed. Sharon Kaye (Wiley, 2010), 233-241. Also appeared as “Should We Condemn Michael for Saving Walt?” in LOST and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, ed. Sharon Kaye (Blackwell, 2007), 18-25.

Special Effects, Special Status: Lie, Visual Effects, and Stephen Prince’s Perceptual Realism,” Cinemascope 10 (Jan.-June 2008), special issue: Falsehood and Cinema, ed. Mariangela Fornaro, http://www.cinemascope.it.

Review of James Dreier, ed., Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory (Blackwell, 2006), Teaching Philosophy 30:1 (March 2007), 132-134.


Selected Presentations

"Void, Imagination, Location" (with Andrew Vartabedian). The Sitka (Alaska) Institute in collaboration with the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition. July-August 2016.

"Alain Badiou: World, Event, and Structure." Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver Graduate Colloquium. March 2016. 

"Excresence, Excess, and the Possibility of Resistance." Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy Participants Conference. August 2014. 


Research Interests

Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Philosophy and Mathematics 
History of Philosophy