Degrees: Ph.D., California at San Diego

Expertise: Mariana Ortega's areas of research are 20th Continental Philosophy, (Existential Phenomenology, Heidegger), Women of Color feminisms (emphasis on Latina Feminism), and Philosophy of Race. She is also interested in Aesthetics, Photographic theory, Latin American thought, and Philosophy and Literature.

Dr. Ortega’s research focuses on questions of self and sociality, the question of identity, and visual representations of race.  She has published articles in journals such as Hypatia, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, International Philosophical Quarterly, Radical Philosophy Review and Critical Philosophy of Race.  She is co-editor with Linda Martín-Alcoff  of the anthology Constructing the Nation:  A Race and Nationalism Reader (SUNY, 2009).   In her monograph, In-Between:  Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self (SUNY 2016), she introduces the  notion of multiplicitous selfhood  in light of Latina feminisms and Heideggerian phenomenology.

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University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Ph.D. awarded 1996
Dissertation:  “Everyday” and “Resolute” Dasein:  Heidegger’s
Account of Human Beings in Being and Time,” (adviser:
Frederick Olafson)

Scripps College, Claremont, CA
BA, Philosophy, awarded 1987, Phi Beta Kappa
Thesis:  “Camus’ Philosophy of the Absurd”

Founder and Director of The Roundtable on Latina Feminism
since 2006


In-Between:  Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2016.

Edited Anthology
Constructing the Nation:  A Race and Nationalism Reader, edited with Linda Martín-Alcoff. Albany:  SUNY Press, 2009.

Articles and Chapters
“Speaking in Resistant Tongues: Latina Feminism, Embodied Knowledge, and Transformation,” Hypatia, Vol.31, No. 2, Spring 2016. (Introduction to her edited cluster on Latina Feminism).

“Dumas and Heidegger on Death to Come.” In Horizons of Authenticity in Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology: Essays in Honor of Charles Guignon, eds. Hans Pedersen and Megan Altman, Springer 2015.

“Latina Feminism, Experience, and the Self.” Philosophy Compass 10.4 (2015): 244-254.

“Hometactics: Self-Mapping, Belonging, and the Home Question.” In Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race, ed. Emily S. Lee.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 2014.

“Photographic Representations of Racialized Bodies:  Afro-Mexicans, The Visible, and the Invisible.” Critical Philosophy of Race, Vol. I, No. 2, 2013.

“Gift of Being, Gift of Self.” In Women and the Gift, Beyond the Given and All-Given, ed. Morny Joy.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

“On Split Subjects and Differences within Latina Feminism.” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2012.

“To live in the borderlands means you.”  In Bridging: How and Why Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own.  Academics, Activists, and Artists Share their Testimonios, eds. Ana Louise Keating and Gloria González-López.  Austin:  Texas University Press, 2011.

A Philosophical Hermeneutics of Visual Art:  On Gracia’s Images of Thought, Philosophical Interpretations of Carlos Estévez’s Art.”  American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring 2010.

“Othering the Other:  The Spectacle of Katrina.” Contemporary Aesthetics, Special Volume 2, 2009.

“Wounds of Self:  Experience, Word, Image, and Identity.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy,Vol. 22, No. 4, 2008.

“Multiplicity, Inbetweeness, and the Question of Assimilation.” Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XLVI, 2008.

“Phenomenological Encuentros:  Existential Phenomenology and Latin American and U. S. Latina Feminism.”  Radical Philosophy Review, Vol.1, No. 9, 2006.

“Being Lovingly, Knowingly Ignorant:  Feminism and Women of Color.”  Hypatia, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2006.

“Apertures of the ‘In-between.”  In Entremundos:  Creative and Critical Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldúa, ed. Ana Louise Keating, New York:  Palgrave McMillan, 2005.

When Conscience Calls, Will Dasein Answer:  Heideggerian Authenticity and the Possibility of Ethics.” The Journal of International Philosophical Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, Jan. 2005.

“This Thin Edge of Barbwire”: Selves from the Land in the Middle.”  Latino Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, December 2004.

“Exiled Space, In-Between Space:  Existential Spatiality in Ana Mendieta’s Siluetas’ Series.”  Philosophy and Geography, Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2004.

“’New Mestizas’, ‘World-travelers’, and Dasein:  Phenomenology and the Multivoiced Multicultural Self.” Hypatia, Vol. 16. No. 3, Summer 2001.

Dasein Comes after the Epistemic Subject, But Who is Dasein?” International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XL, No. 1, Issue 157, March 2000.

Encyclopedia Entries
“Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa.”  In Latinos and Latinas in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Society, and Culture, eds. Carmen Lugo-Lugo and David J. Leonard. Armonk:  M.E. Sharpe Publishing, 2009.

“Carnal Disruptions: An Interview with María Lugones.”

“Cámara Queer:  Photographic Representations of Queer Latinidad.”

“This Photograph Touches Me:  A Reply to Barthes.”

“The Life of Things: Melancholia, Memory, and Exile.”

Introduction to Philosophy

19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Philosophy of the Body

Self and Other in Philosophy and Latin American Literature

Women of Color and Philosophy/On Identity and Intersectionality

Business Ethics

Modernity and Japan

Freshman Honors Seminars–Topics: Identities; The Body and Consumption

Senior Honors Seminar:  Topic:  U.S.  National Identity

First Year Seminar Topics:  The Individual, Knowledge, and Responsibility

The Body in Science, Art, and Literature

2011 Grauel Fellowship, John Carroll University (Fall 2012)

2009-2012 Shula Chair in Philosophy, John Carroll University, Department of Philosophy

2005 Winner of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award

2005 Chosen as one of Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Achievers

2005 Winner of the Culicchia Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence.

2005 Grauel Fellowship, John Carroll University (Fall 2005)

2003 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, Pennsylvania State University; Topic:  Feminist Epistemologies.

2002 Japan Seminar Grant, University of Pennsylvania.

1999 Grauel Fellowship, John Carroll University (Fall 2000).

1998 Summer Research Fellowship, John Carroll University.

1997 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz; Topic:  Intelligibility.

1996 Summer Course Development Fellowship, John Carroll University.

1994 Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, San Diego.

1991 San Diego Fellowship, University of California, San Diego.

1984-1986 Scripps College Scholarship, Scripps College.

Member of the  Editorial Board of philoSOPHIA, March 2016 to present.

Member of the Advisory Board for Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, July 2014 to present

Member of the Associate Editors Board, Hypatia, July 2010 to present.

Member of the Editorial Board, Teaching Philosophy, June 2011 to present.

Member of the Editorial Board, Wagadu

Board Member, Philosophy in an Inclusive Key PIKSI (Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University), 2007-to present.

Member of the Committee for the Status of Women, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 2014 to present.