Amy Ray Stewart

Carbondale, Illinois, United States

Amy Ray Stewart

Carbondale, Illinois, United States

Amy is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she specializes in psychoanalysis, continental feminist philosophy, and philosophies of gender, race, and sexuality. Amy’s doctoral research engages Kristevan and Lacanian psychoanalytic thought in order to examine intersections of trauma, identity, and representation in a series of lynching photographs and racist postcards from the turn of the century alongside the contemporary artwork of Kara Walker.

Amy began studying feminist philosophy and teaching gender studies at Kennesaw State University just outside Atlanta, where she completed a B.S. in Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies. While at Kennesaw, Amy worked as a presidential scholar in feminist philosophy, a teaching assistant for queer studies and critical theory, and served as an intern for sexual assault prevention and sexuality education with the Student Health and Counseling Services at Emory University. She then developed her theoretical approaches in feminist and psychoanalytic studies at Simmons College in Boston, where she completed an M.A. in Gender/Cultural Studies. At Simmons, Amy was selected as the Hazel Dick Leonard Inaugural Research Fellow on Gender, for which she helped design an interdisciplinary seminar on gender for the College of Arts and Sciences. Today, Amy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she teaches Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (offering courses on sexual diversity and transgender identity) and serves on committees advancing LGBTQ policies on campus.

Amy’s professional goal is to teach feminist philosophy and gender studies, participate in local transgender activism, and eventually become a Director for a Gender Studies program or LGBTQ Resource Center. Amy identifies as a queer/lesbian trans woman, wife, and mother-to-be.

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    • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    • Simmons College