Nancy Bauer

Contact Info:
Office of the Dean of Arts
and Sciences
Ballou Hall, 3rd floor
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4230
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Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences, Professor

Professor Bauer is also an advisor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in International Relations.

Feminism, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Philosophical Method, Philosophy and Film

Nancy Bauer is currently serving as Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and as Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences—a position to which she was appointed in 2012. In all of her roles, she is interested in thinking about what philosophy is and what role it plays, or should or might play, in everyday human life. Her writing explores these issues, especially as they arise in reflection about gender and philosophy, the history of philosophy, and philosophy and film. She is the author of the books How to Do Things With Pornography (Harvard University Press, 2015) and Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism (Columbia University Press, 2001). Bauer received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard after majoring in Social Studies as an undergraduate, working as a reporter and a medical writer, and attending divinity school. She enjoys hanging out with her family; wrestling with the Sunday NYT crossword puzzle, lifting heavy weights, and listening to all things rock and roll. She's also never without her knitting.

Ph.D., Harvard University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
AB, Harvard University

Teaching With Technology Award, 2013
Joseph A. and Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Advising and Teaching, 2005
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, 2002 – 2003
Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, 2002
TCU Senate Professor of the Year, 2002

Selected Scholarly Publications
  • "The First Rule of Fight Club." Fight Club ("Philosophers on Film" Series), edited by Thomas Wartenberg (New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • "An Essay Concerning Beauvoir, Cavell, Etc." Cahier de l'Herne Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Jean-Louis Jeanelle (Paris: L'Herne, 2012).
  • "Beauvoir and the Allure of Self-Objectification," Feminist Metaphysics: Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender and the Self, edited by Charlotte Witt (Springer, 2011).
  • Review essay, "Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex" (2010 translation). Notre Dame Philosophical Review, August 14, 2011.
  • "Debating Hegel's Legacy for Contemporary Feminist Politics," with Kimberley Hutchings, Tuija Pulkkinen, and Alison Stone, Hegel's Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?," edited by Hutchings and Pulkkinen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • "The Second Feminism." Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy, October 2007.
  • "Beauvoir's Heideggerian Ontology," The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays, edited by Margaret A. Simons (Indiana University Press, 2006).
  • "On Human Understanding," Wittgensteinian Fideism, edited by Kai Nielsen and D. Z. Phillips (Norwich, England: SCM Press, 2006).
  • Must We Read Simone de Beauvoir?" The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Emily Grosholz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • "Being-with as Being-against: Heidegger Meets Hegel in The Second Sex." Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 34, No. 3 (July 2001).

Selected Other Writings
  • "Pornutopia." n+1 5 (Winter 2007): 63 – 73.
  • "How Can We Make Philosophy More Relevant?" Aeon.  - viewpoint_4340. Published. July 16, 2015.
  • Introduction to "Femininity—The Trap" by Simone de Beauvoir, Simone de Beauvoir: Philosophical Writings, Vol. 2, edited by Margaret A. Simons (University of Illinois Press, 2015).
  • Essay in Should I Go to Grad School? Compiled and edited by Jessica Loudis, Bosko Blagojevic, John Arthur Peetz and Allison Rodman (Platform for Pedagogy). New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • "Why Marriage? Not Even Philosophers Know for Sure." Tufts Magazine, Fall 2010: 39.
  • "Authority and Arrogance: A Response." The New York Times Opinionator Blog ("The Stone"). Published June 30, 2010.
  • "Lady Power." The New York Times Opinionator Blog ("The Stone").
  • "The N-Word." Fringe 10 (June 2007).
  • Introduction to "What Is Existentialism?" by Simone de Beauvoir, Simone de Beauvoir: Philosophical Writings, edited by Margaret A. Simons (Urbana, IL and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2005).

An Interview with Nancy Bauer
  • "What Is Feminist Philosophy?" Interview of Nancy Bauer by Johanna Sjöstdet. Glänta 4:12, February 2013.

Lecture Courses
  • Phil 24:  Introduction to Ethics
  • Phil 48:  Feminist Philosophy
  • Phil 54:  Philosophy and Film
  • Phil 185:  From Hegel to Nietzsche
  • Phil 186:  Phenomenology and Existentialism


  • Philosophy and Film
  • Freud
  • Wittgenstein
  • Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • Heidegger's Being and Time
  • The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir