University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Rockwell F. Clancy


Associate Teaching Professor

  +86-21-34206765 Ext. 4113


Ph.D. Philosophy and Literature, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2012)
M.A. Philosophy magna cum laude, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium (2007)
B.A. Philosophy cum laude, Fordham University, Bronx, NY (2005)

Work Experience

  • SJTU – Political Anthropology: Rousseau’s Social Contract (graduate seminar)
  • UM-SJTU JI – Engineering Ethics, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Integrated English, English Writing, Technical Communication
  • Ivy Tech Community College – Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy
  • Purdue University (teaching assistant) – Introduction to Jewish Studies, Introduction to the Study of Religion, Religions of the West, Honors Ethics

Awards and Honors

  • Purdue Research Foundation Year Grant (2011-2012)
  • McBride Foreign Travel Grant (2011 & 2012)
  • Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant (2010)
  • Flemish Community Fellowship (2007-2008)
  • Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy (2004)

Areas of Specialization

  • 19th and 20th century European philosophy, political philosophy

Areas of Competence

  • Applied ethics, philosophy of religion, ethics, aesthetics


  • From a Critique of Psychoanalysis to the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature: Towards a Political Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze. Leuven University Press (forthcoming).


  • “Human Nature and Holocaust: Understanding Levinas’ Account of Ethics through Levi and Wiesel.” Philosophy and Literature vol. 36 issue 2, 2013.

Book Chapter

  • “Deleuze and Guattari’s Conception of Desire: Its Philosophical Anthropological Implications and Political Consequences.” International Deleuze Conference Symposium 2012 Henan University, Kaifeng, PR China. Ed. Jihai Gao, Paul Patton, and Jing Yin. Kaifeng: Henan University Press (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

  • Review of Craig Lundy’s History and Becoming: Deleuze’s Philosophy of Creativity for Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry (forthcoming).
  • Review of Daniel W. Smith’s Essays on Deleuze for Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary     Inquiry vol. 7 issue 18, 2012.
  • Review of Jean-Jacques Lecercle’s Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature for Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy vol. 19 no. 2, 2011.
  • Review of A.C. Grayling’s Ideas that Matter: The Concepts that Shape the 21st Century for Metapsychology Online Reviews vol. 15 issue 13, 2011.


  • Fethi Benslama, “Islam in Light of Psychoanalysis” in Wolfgang Müller-Funk, Inge Scholz-Strasser, Herman Westerink (eds.) Psychoanalysis, Monotheism and Morality: The Sigmund Freud Museum Symposia 2009-2011, Leuven University Press, 2013 (from French).

Editorial Work

  • Herman Westerink’s The Heart of Man’s Destiny: Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Early Reformation Thought. Routledge: London, 2012.
  • Philippe Van Haute and Tomas Geyskens’ A Non-Oedipal Psychoanalysis? A Clinical Anthropology of Hysteria in the Works of Freud and Lacan. Leuven: KU Leuven Press, 2012.

Invited Presentations

  • “Making the Case for Political Anthropology,” Southern Florida College, Lakeland, FL, January 14, 2013
  • “Anti-Oedipal Psychoanalysis: Saving Freud and Lacan from themselves,” International Symposium in Phenomenology, Perugia, Italy, July 14, 2011 
  • “Why Leuven?” address given on behalf of the international students at Solemn Proclamation, Leuven, Belgium, July 4, 2007

Refereed Conference Papers

  • “Schizophrenia, Libido, and Individuation: Towards a Jungian Philosophical Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze,” paper delivered at Tamkung University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2013.
  • “Deleuze and Guattari’s Conception of Desire in Anti-Oedipus: Its Philosophical Anthropological Implications and Political Consequences,” paper delivered at Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference, Henan University, Kaifeng, China, May 19, 2012.
  • “Deleuze and Guattari’s Notion of Opinion: Its Elements, Genesis, and Political Import,” paper delivered at the fourth International Deleuze Studies Conference: Creation, Crisis, Critique, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 29, 2011
  • “Understanding Emmanuel Levinas’ Account of Ethics through Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi,” paper delivered at the sixth annual North American Levinas Society: Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, May 3, 2011
  • “Schizoanalysis and Pollyanalytics: Understanding Deleuze and Guattari’s Criticisms of Psychoanalysis through the Lens of D.H. Lawrence,” paper delivered at the seventh annual Social Theory Forum, Critical Social Theory: Freud and Lacan for the 21st Century, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, April 8, 2010
  • “From a Critique of Psychoanalysis to the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature,” paper delivered at the annual philosophy day, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, April 12, 2008
  • “Kierkegaard’s Faith,” paper delivered at the Northwestern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April 15-16, 2005

Conference Organization

  • Organizing committee member for “The International Symposium in Phenomenology: Foreign Bodies – Corps étrangers,” Perugia, Italy, July 8-12, 2013
  • Student organizer of “Philosophical Dialogue between Africa and the Americas: Africa and its Diaspora,” sponsored by UNESCO, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 18-20, 2011
  • Co-organizer of “Deleuze: Ethics and Politics” the Fourth Biennial Philosophy and Literature Graduate Student Conference at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 10-11, 2010

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry
  • Reviewer, Society and Space

Professional Membership

  • American Philosophical Association
  • International Symposium in Phenomenology