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Kayley Vernallis

Office: E&T A423
Phone: (323) 343-4947
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Teaching Interests

I have a strong interdisciplinary orientation. My particular teaching interests include ethics, aesthetics, social/political philosophy, and 18-19th century European philosophy. I have taught 400-level special topics courses or graduate seminars in queer theory, race and representation, film theory, style, moral particularism, communitarianism, identity politics and recognition, Freud, Nietzsche, and the influence of Hegel's Master/Slave dialectic on 19th-20th century European Philosophy.


Reasearch Interests

All of my philosophical studies begin from a desire to make sense of who I am and what I love. It feels natural to me to reach beyond philosophy's traditional borders to embrace the contributions of psychology, biology, art history and other fields. Thus far, my publications have been in aesthetics, ethics, feminism, and LGBT studies.



"Still Life and Aesthetic Theory: The Gendered-Genre Hierarchy in Mark Tansey's and Vija Celmins' Realist Monochromes," Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (vol.13, no.1 August 2008).
"Tedium, Aesthetic Form, and Moral Insight in Silverlake Life," Film and Philosophy (vol. 12, 2008).
"Bisexuality," in Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, ed. Alan Soble (Westport Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 2006).
"Gay Marriage and Bisexuality," American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (vol. 4, no. 1, Fall 2004).
"The Loss of Meaning in Faded Color Photographs," Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (vol. 38, no. 3, Fall 1999/Winter 2000).
"Bisexual Monogamy: Twice the Temptation but Half the Fun?" The Journal of Social Philosophy (vol. 30, no. 3, Winter 1999).
"Pearls of Wisdom: An Exercise in Promoting Multicultural Understanding and Philosophical Engagement," Teaching Philosophy (vol. 23, no. 1, March 2000).
"Family and Institutional Photographs: Cherished Artifacts or Aids to Digital Self-fashioning?" Visual Resources Association Bulletin (vol. 26, no.2, Summer 1999).
"Conference Report on Selected Sessions of the World Congress of Philosophy, 1999." American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism (vol. 98, no. 2, Spring 1999).


Educational Background

• Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Philosophy, 1993.
• A.B., Stanford University, Philosophy, 1982 (summa cum laude).

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