Dr. Tracy Llanera

IMG_6812I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, with links to the UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) and the UConn Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS).

I am also affiliated as an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Notre Dame Institute for Ethics & Society (Sydney, Australia), where I was employed as a Research Fellow from 2020-2021. I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment at Keele University, United Kingdom (Spring 2018). I was also a Research Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (Humility & Conviction in Public Life), United States last Fall 2017. I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Connecticut (United States), Macquarie University (Australia), and the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines).

Contact: tracy.llanera@uconn.edu or tracy.llanera@gmail.com

Charlie Barley, my beloved


News: Good news, friends: my article “The Misogyny Paradox and the Alt-Right” has been accepted for publication in Hypatia! It offers a philosophical analysis of the misogyny experienced by women in the alternative right (alt-right) movement. I argue that this misogyny takes on a paradoxical form: the better alt-right women propagandists promote hate, the greater hostility they experience from their fellow racists and critics; the more submissive women alt-right members become, the harsher the impact of misogyny on them.


My essay “Beautiful feminists? Or plain hypocrites? On Simone de Beauvoir and Manon Garcia” is now out in Beyond the Ghetto: Women Doing Philosophy. Sep 2021.

Nick Smith and I co-wrote an essay in Open for Debate (Cardiff) on the culture of egotism in universities, inspired by the work of Rorty and Dewey.

I’m on The Minefield (ABC Radio National) with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens, titled “Is nihilism compatible with the moral life?”! The episode features arguments I make in Richard Rorty: Outgrowing Modern Nihilism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). I start speaking at 22:30.

Here’s an edited extract from the book A Defense of Nihilism (2021, co-authored with James Tartaglia), featured in ABC Radio National’s section on Religion and Ethics (Australia).

My interview on Radical Philosophy (3CR Community Radio – Melbourne, Australia) is now available! In this episode, I talk about the bizarre case of the women propagandists of the alt-right – terrible perpetrators and victims of misogyny – and the redeeming power of feminism.

0I’m leading a project titled The Brown Babe’s Burden and the Global Pandemic. It aims to run an intensive workshop exclusive to members of Women Doing Philosophy in October 2021 and produce an edited collection for inclusion in the Routledge Book Series on the Post-COVID World: Academics, Politics and Society in early 2022. I’ll serve as the editor of this book.

This interview on Ideas (CBC-Radio Canada, and Radio National Australia) about my second book A Defence of Nihilism (co-authored with James Tartaglia) is now up!

I gave the opening remarks and a public lecture titled “Subordination, Submission, and Suppression” on the theme Combatting Toxic Cultures in Academia”, hosted by Women Doing Philosophy and Beyond the Ghetto, on May 21, 2021.