Professional Bio

Dr. Vartabedian works primarily in contemporary Continental philosophy. Her research and writing concern notions of multiplicity and plurality in Continental thought, and the implications of these concepts for social and political philosophy. 



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


“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,

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



Multiplicity and Ontology in Deleuze and Badiou (book), under contract with Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

"Ontology, the Count-as-One, and Interrogation: Returning to Badiou after Pfeifer's The New Materialism." Review Journal of Political Philosophy vol. 13 (2018).


Selected Presentations

"Writing for Social Justice," with Alexis Thieme. Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS) Conference, Denver, CO. October 2017. 

"Jane Bennett's Vital Materialism and its Prospects for Hospitality." Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Estes Park, CO. August 2017. 

"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. 


Creative Work

"October 2, 8:52-8:57am Eastern Daylight Time." Denver Writing Project Anthology 2017 (forthcoming).

"Writing on an Island." Letters from Grad School (, July 2016.