Shannon HayesDr. Shannon Hayes

Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy

218 Humanities
(615) 963-5377

Fall 2023 Office Hours (virtual)
Monday 8-11am, Wednesday 9-11am, and by appt. 

PhD, University of Oregon
MA, State University of New York, Stony Brook
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Shannon Hayes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and affiliated faculty of the Women and Gender Studies program. Her main research interests are in 20th century continental philosophy (especially phenomenology and Frankfurt School critical theory) and aesthetics. She also has research and teaching interests in feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis, and decolonial theory. She has previously taught courses at University of Oregon and Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She is an editor of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology

Scholarly Publications

“Pain is an event.” A review of Turning Emotions Inside Out: Affective Life Beyond the Subject by Edward S. Casey (Northwestern University Press, 2021). Research in Phenomenology 53.1 (2023): 105-13.    

“Toward a Phenomenology of ‘The Other World’: This World as It Is for No One in Particular.” Research in Phenomenology 52.3 (2022): 352-374. (peer-reviewed)

Response to “Quotidian Apocalypse? Tosaka Jun’s Critical Theory in a New Age of Crisis.”   Southwestern Philosophy Review . 38.2 (2022): 51-53. (conference proceedings)

“A Phenomenology of the Other World.” A review of Unconsciousness Between Phenomenology  and Psychoanalysis, edited by Dorothée Legrand and Dylan Trigg (Springer, 2017).  Metalepsis: Journal for the American Board of Psychology and Psychoanalysis. 1.1  (2021): 161-172.

“Can Melancholy Be Heroic? Walter Benjamin and the Vicissitudes of Melancholy,” in Faces of Depression in Literature, edited by Josefa Ros Velasco, 87-102. New York: Peter Lang, 2020. (chapter in an edited volume)

“Merleau-Ponty’s Phantom Limbs and the Work of Involuntary Memory,” Epoché: Journal for the History of Philosophy. 24.1 (2019): 201-219 (peer-reviewed)

“On the Historico-Poetic Materialism of Benjamin and Celan,” Critical Horizons: Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory, 19.2 (2018): 125-139. (peer-reviewed)

“Editor’s Introduction: Reflections on the First Issue.” Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology, 1.1 (2018): 1-7. (Co-authored with Martina Ferrari, Devin Fitzpatrick, Sarah McLay, Kaja Jenssen Rathe, and Amie Zimmer).

Recent Presentations 

"Perceiving multiplicity, remembering difference: In pursuit of loving playfulness and Lugones’s decolonial feminist imaginary." Society for Women in Philosophy-Ireland Annual Conference. Maynooth University, Ireland, 2023 (upcoming)

“On Playfulness and the Imaginary in Lugones’s Decolonial Feminism.” Politics and Hope: Philosophy of Creativity. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2023.

“Merleau-Ponty and Proust: A Phenomenology of the Other World.” Western Phenomenology Society. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2022.

“The Idiorrhythmics of Living-Alone-Together.” Philosophy of Creativity. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2022.

Response to “Quotidian Apocalypse? Tosaka Jun’s Critical Theory in a New Age of Crisis.” Southwestern Philosophical Society’s Annual Meeting, virtual, 2022. 

“Critical Thinking." Workshop presentation. TSU Alumni Center, virtual, 2021

Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation.” Decolonial Study Group. Guest Speaker. Texas A&M University virtual, 2021.

“The Poetics of Loss and Relation in Barthes and Glissant.” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, virtual, 2021.

“Melancholy and Poetic Thought.” Philosophies of Liberation Encounters II, Bowie State University, virtual, 2020.

“Being-Alone-Together: On the Idiorrhythmics of Grief and Desire.” Southeast Association forthe Continental Tradition, Saint Leo University, FL 2020.

Comments on “Walter Benjamin and the Aestheticization of Electoral Politics.” Tennessee Philosophical Association, Nashville, TN, 2019.

Classes Taught at TSU

PHIL 1030: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2500: Logical and Critical Reasoning
PHIL 2600: Philosophy of Love and Sex
WMST 2000: Introduction to Women's Studies

Current Academic Service

LLP Dept. Webmaster 
Faculty Senate Grievance Committee
Professional Development and Publicity Committee
Career Preparedness Committee
Curriculum Committee