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

“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.


Contributions to Online Forums

"Writing on an Island." Contribution to Letters from Grad School (summer 2016). http://lettersfromgradschool.org/

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/

Selected Presentations

"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