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Thomas Nail

  • Thomas Nail

    Thomas Nail

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall 261
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
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Areas of Expertise/Research interests

  • European philosophy
  • political philosophy
  • environmental philosophy

Current Research and projects

I am currently working on two major research projects.

The first is a series of books on the philosophy of movement. So far in the series I have published The Figure of the Migrant with Stanford University Press and am in the final stages of the second volume titled Theory of the Border. At least three more books are planned for the series and are in various stages of completion.   

The second is on the relationship between Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault and includes several sub-projects:

  • a book project—edited co-edited with Nicolae Morar and Daniel W. Smith— titled, "Between Deleuze and Foucault;"
  • a journal issue of Foucault Studies titled, Foucault and Deleuze: Ethics, Politics, Psychoanalysis, co-edited with Nicolae Morar and Daniel W. Smith;
  • a conference/workshop—organized with Nicolae Morar and Daniel W. Smith—titled "Between Deleuze and Foucault," held at Purdue University Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2012; and
  • a transcription and translation of Gilles Deleuze's audio course lectures on Michel Foucault (1985-1986) as part of a grant from Purdue University, in collaboration with the Université de Paris VIII and published on La Voix de Deleuze.

For more information on these projects, visit our website, Between Deleuze and Foucault.

Professional biography

My work draws on contemporary European philosophy—especially the work of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, and Alain Badiou—and uses it to understand recent political events: revolutionary struggles, border and migration politics, and environmental resistance.


PhD, University of Oregon
MA, University of Oregon
BA, University of North Texas



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