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Athabasca University

Dr. Suzanne McCullagh

Assistant Professor, Philosophy



  • B.A. (Glendon College, York University)
  • M.A., (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • Ph.D., (University of Guelph)


Dr. Suzanne McCullagh joined Athabasca University (AU) in 2019. She tutors PHIL 231 and PHIL 375 and she also coordinates PHIL 342, PHIL 350, and PHIL 380. Before being appointed to the Centre for Humanities at AU she taught Philosophy at Miami University in Ohio, USA. She works in the areas of Ethical and Political Philosophy, Environmental and Feminist Philosophy, and the Environmental Humanities.

Dr. McCullagh’s current work explores the conceptual possibilities for conceiving of ethical and political communities as involving humans and nonhumans and the role that the concept of heterogeneity could play. She is particularly interested in how certain concepts (such as empathy, solidarity, political space, responsibility, collective action, and the capacity to act) are open to contestation and modification by ecological thinking which alters who and what is subject to empathy and solidarity, has a capacity to act, or is a participant in political space. She is also working on a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project titled “Approaching Extinction/Contesting Extinction” which explores and develops conceptual tools in the Environmental Humanities for conceptualizing and responding to contemporary ecological realities.

Research Interests

  • Ecological ethics and political community
  • Subjectivity and processes of individuation
  • Capacities for empathy, action, attention, and transformation
  • Posthumanism and political ecology
  • Death and extinction


McCullagh, Suzanne. “Reparation Ecology and Sympathy with the Earth.” Toward an Eco-social Transition: Transatlantic Environmental Humanities / Hacia una Transición Eco-social: Humanidades Medioambientales desde una perspectiva Transatlántica. Eds. M. Isabel Pérez-Ramos y Beatriz Lindo Mañas. CLYMA series, Benjamin Franklin Collection. Forthcoming - Fall, 2019.

McCullagh, Suzanne. "Heterogeneous Collectivities and the Capacity to Act: Conceptualizing nonhumans in the political sphere." Posthuman Ecologies: Complexity and Process after Deleuze. Eds. Rosi Braidotti and Simone Bignall, Rowman & Littlefield International, December 2018.

McCullagh, Suzanne and Casey Ford. “The Desert Below: The Labyrinth of Sensibility between Rancière, Deleuze, and Weil.Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, November 2018

McCullagh, Suzanne and Renee Jackson. “Metaphors for Constructivism: An exploration of the aesthetic and empathetic dimensions of teaching capacities.” Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, Fall 2015.

McCullagh, Suzanne. McCullagh S. “Approaches to Teaching and Designing Ecohealth Courses.Ecohealth Training Manual. Veterinarians Without Borders Canada, 2012.

McCullagh, Suzanne et al. (Eds.) Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health, 2012.


“A Political History of the Concept of Empathy,” North American Society for Early Phenomenology, St. John’s, NFLD, May 2019.

“Becoming-Woman and/or the Disappearance of Woman in Ecological Ethics,” philoSOPHIA, St. John’s, NFLD, May 2019.

“Becoming Earth: Sympathetic Responses to Ecological Change,” International Conference on Environmental Humanities at the Franklin Institute, University of Alcalá, in Madrid, Spain, June 2018.

“Sympathy with the Earth: Becoming World in Area X of the Southern Reach Trilogy,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Sessions at American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco CA, May 2018.

“Compassion for Collectivity: Labour and the Production of Belonging,” American Weil Society Colloquy, Ottawa ON, Canada, April 2018.

“Ethico-Political Temporalities: Decision and Attention in Anthropocenic Thought,” Society for Literature Science and the Arts, Tempe AZ, November 2017.

Updated October 10 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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