Meet Our Faculty

Kimberly Engels

Kimberly S. Engels, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
kengels@molloy.edu
516.323.3341

Office hours: Office Hours T/Th 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Bioethics
  • Existentialism
  • Public Philosophy

Publications:

Edited books:

  • The Good Place and Philosophy (In progress) Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy Series. Series editor William Irwin. Anticipated release Summer of 2020.  
  • Westworld and Philosophy: If You Go Looking for the Truth, Get the Whole Thing. Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy Series. Co-Edited with James South, Series Editor William Irwin. April 2018.  

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 

  • "Ethical Invention in Sartre and Foucault: Courage, Freedom, Transformation."  Forthcoming in Foucault Studies.
  • "From In-itself to Practico-Inert: Freedom, Subjectivity, and Progress." Sartre Studies      International 24.1 (2018): 48-69.
  • "An Existentialist Analysis of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws." Public Affairs Quarterly 32.2 (2018): 141-158.   
  • "Biopower, Normalization, and HPV: A Foucauldian Analysis of the HPV Vaccine Controversy." Journal of Medical Humanities. 37.3 (2016): 299-312.  
  • "A Sartrean Analysis of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare: Workplace Decisions in Light of Group Praxis."  Business and Professional Ethics.  (34.2) 2015: 195-214. 
  • "Schopenhauer's Intelligible Character and Sartre's Fundamental Project." The Journal of Idealistic Studies (44.1) 2014: 101-118.
  • "Bad Faith, Authenticity, and Responsibilities to Future Generations: A Sartrean Approach." Environmental Ethics (36.4) 2014: 455-470.  

Book Chapters:

  • "Sartre, Deloria, and the Anthropocene." Forthcoming in Earthly Engagements, edited by Damon Boria and Matthew Ally.  Routledge.
  • "I Would Refuse to be a God if it were Offered to Me: Archangels and Existentialism in The Good Place." Forthcoming in The Good Place and Philosophy, edited by Kimberly S. Engels. Wiley Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy Series. Series editor William Irwin.  
  • "Late Night Comedy as a Contemporary Authority of Delimitation for Political Truth: Foucault and Saturday Night Live." Forthcoming in SNL and Philosophy, edited by Ruth Tallman and Jason Southworth. Wiley Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy Series. Series editor Bill Irwin, (2019).  
  • "Bad Faith and Wikileaks." In Wikileaking: The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure, edited by Christian Cotton, Open Court (2018).  
  • "From William to the Man in Black: Sartrean Existentialism and the Power of Freedom." in Westworld and Philosophy: If You Go Looking for the Truth, Get the Whole Thing, edited by Kimberly S. Engels and James B. South, Series editor Bill Irwin. Wiley Blackwell (2018).  
  • "Guilty of Being a Dwarf: Tyrion's Existential Authenticity." in The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy, edited by Robert Arp and Eric Silverman, Open Court (2016).


Scholarly Blog Editing:

  • Editor,  Scholarly Blog of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, February 2019-present.  

Presentations (Select):

  • "Sartre, Rome, and Native American Thought," North American Sartre Society at Diverse Lineages of Existentialism II. George Washington University, June 3, 2019.  
  • "Sartre, Deloria and the Anthropocene: Existentialism meets Native American Experiential Metaphysics," North American Sartre Society, 24th Meeting, University of Mary Washington, October 2018.
  • "I Would Refuse to be a God if it were Offered to Me: Archangels and Existentialism in The Good Place." North American Sartre Society, 24th Meeting, University of Mary Washington, October 2018. Session included show creator Michael Schur. 
  • "Health Care as Group Praxis: An Existentialist Approach to Curing and Healing," Molloy College Faculty Research Day, May 3, 2018.
  • "Sartre and Moral Invention: Courage, Freedom and Transformation," North American Sartre Society, 23rd meeting, University of Laverne, November 2017.
  • "The Practico-Inert and Our Possibilities: Social and Historical Subjectivity" North American Sartre Society, 22nd meeting, University of North Carolina Wilmington, November 2016.  
  • "Emotion and Deadly Force: A Sartrean Phenomenological Analysis of 'Stand Your Ground'." APA Central, Main Program, St. Louis, February 2015.  (Paper Accepted)
  • "Biopower, Normalization, and HPV: A Foucauldian Analysis of the HPV Vaccine Controversy."APA Central, Main Program, Chicago, March 2014. (Paper Accepted)

Grants:

  • 2019 APA Berry Fund for Public Philosophy small grant recipient. Project: "Public Philosophy and Theology in a Digital Context Conference."  

Professional Affiliations:

  • North American Sartre Society (NASS) Member at Large
  • New York Society for Women in Philosophy (NYSWIP) Leadership team  

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University, 2011-2017  

Dissertation:
"The Social and Historical Subject in Sartre and Foucault and Its Implications for Healthcare Ethics." Director: Dr. Pol Vandevelde  

  • BA, Luther College 2008 (Religion, Philosophy)

Upcoming Courses:

  • PHI 2200: Philosophy from the Margins: Native American, Latin American, and Africana Philosophy
  • ETH 2890: Ethics and Disability
  • ETH 3900H Bioethics in the Contemporary World

Why do you love teaching at Molloy?

I love teaching at Molloy because I get to help students realize the importance of ethics, critical reasoning, and meaning creation in their future lives as professionals and global citizens. I also get to learn things from students of diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.