Shirley Le Penne
Shirley Le Penne conducts interdisciplinary research, fusing findings and insights from political theory, comparative politics, social psychology, and existential philosophy. She currently works on the politics of hope and despair amidst the Arab Spring in the Maghreb, and on the politics of death and suicide in the U.S. carceral system. Interested not merely in understanding existence but the very experience of it, her approach consists of a phenomenological leap into the human qualia: the subjective and intersubjective living experiences that make us who we are, privately and publicly. Reviving existentialism, philosophically and politically, she asks why and whether to live. Before her Ph.D. studies at Cornell, Le Penne studied at Tel Aviv University and was a fellow at Sciences Po Paris.