Nancy Budwig

Nancy BudwigNancy Budwig is a professor of psychology at Clark University. Budwig received a BA from Vassar College in 1979 and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. She has been at Clark University since that time and is also affiliated with the programme in Communication and Culture. Budwig joined the Academic Administration in 2002 and is currently serving the university as Associate Provost and Dean of Research.

Budwig’s research examines issues of the construction of knowledge and human development. Trained in the areas of human development and the inter-disciplinary study of language, thought, and culture, Budwig examines issues of the development of knowledge and the role that participation in communities of practice plays in the gradual construction of meaning systems. Her research on language acquisition aims to understand the protracted nature of the organisation and development of linguistic forms and the functions they serve in everyday interaction. Her work on language socialisation examines ways participation in language practices contributes to the construction of culturally relevant senses of personhood. Further information about ongoing projects can be found at her personal Web page.

Her publications include:

  • Guo, J., Lieven, E., Budwig, N., Ervin-Tripp, S., Ozcaliskan, S., & Nakamura, K. (Eds.). (2008). Cross-linguistic approaches to the psychology of language: Research in the tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum/Taylor and Francis.
  • Müller, U., Carpendale, J., Budwig, N., & Sokol, B. (Eds.). (2007). Social knowledge and social life: Developmental perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum/Taylor and Francis.
  • Budwig, N., Narasimhan, B., & Srivastava, S. (2006). Interim solutions: The acquisition of early verb construction in Hindi. In E. V. Clark & B. Kelly (Eds.), The acquisition of constructions. Stanford, CA: CSLI Press.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 25 March 2014

Last update: 03 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