Eugene Borgida

Eugene BorgidaEugene Borgida is Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology and held the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for 2002-2003. In addition, Borgida is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and has served as Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Psychology, which he co-founded, and Co-Editor of the journal, Political Psychology. From 1992-95 he was Associate Dean and Executive Officer of the College of Liberal Arts, and from 1996-99 he served as chair of the Psychology Department.

Borgida’s research has been funded by NIMH, NIH, NSF, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Liberal Arts and the system-wide Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 1989. With L. Rudman, Borgida won the 1994 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, and in 1989, he and colleagues J.L. Sullivan and J. Aldrich won the Heinz Eulau Award for the best paper published in the American Political Science Review. He is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS), a Fellow in several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served on the Board of Directors for the APS and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Borgida’s research interests include social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, psychology and law, and political psychology.

He earned his PhD from University of Michigan in 1976 and his BA from Wesleyan University in 1971.

Credits to University of Minnesota

Published: 15 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


Simone Bignall

Simone BignallSimone Bignall’s primary research interests fall within the field of political philosophy, often informed by her active participation in various communities of practice. Her academic work traverses Continental philosophy and critical political theory, colonial and postcolonial politics and culture, theories of embodiment and agency, feminism, psychoanalysis, and ethics.

While the projects Bignall has developed have been diverse in focus and range, her approach to various problems has been guided by my particular interest in the philosophical lineage from Spinoza to Deleuze, as well as the political philosophies of Foucault and Agamben. Her overriding aim has been to develop aspects and applications of this thought in order to define alternative ways of thinking about agency and the potential transformation of entrenched and habitual social practices. Through this work, she seeks to describe types of practice that encourage diverse peoples to live respectfully, responsibly and joyfully in community with one another.

Her recent publications include:

  • ‘Desire, Apathy and Activism’, Deleuze Studies, Special Issue 2010, pp. 6-21.This paper was published from the proceedings of the ‘Deleuze and Activism’ conference held in Cardiff, Wales, December 12-13 2009, where I was an invited speaker. The paper develops thinking about causation, complex affectivity and politics. It has already attracted international citation (Aitken and An 2011).
  • ‘Postcolonial Agency and Poststructuralist Thought: Deleuze and Foucault on Desire and Power’, Angelaki, General Issue, 2008, pp. 127-49.This article, published in an ERA ranked A* journal, has been cited in international scholarship (eg. Noyes, 2010; O’Byrne and Holmes 2011; Henderson 2010; Flores-Bradshaw 2009). My peers have offered spontaneous correspondence, acclaiming the new directions for research opened up by the argument presented here.’A Superior Empiricism: The Subject and Experimentation’, Pli (Warwick Journal of Philosophy), 18, 2007: pp. 201-217.This essay offers a novel interpretation of Deleuze’s philosophy of the subject, arguing that a concept of complexly embodied agency is evidenced in Deleuze’s work.

She earned her PhD in Philosophy from University of Sydney and her  Bachelor of Arts, Honours (First Class in Politics) from University of Adelaide.

Credits to Open University

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015