Tracy Llanera

IMG_6812I am a philosopher.

I am a Research Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Ethics & Society in Sydney, Australia and Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. I am also affiliated with the UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the UConn Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program as research faculty.

Starting August 2021, I will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. I will remain affiliated with the Institute for Ethics & Society at the University of Notre Dame, Australia as Adjunct Research Fellow.

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).

My Ph.D. in Philosophy was awarded by Macquarie University in 2016. Contact: or

Charlie Barley, my beloved


Friends, please join us for a public panel on resentment, guilt, and shame under patriarchy on 9 August 2021 (Mon). The event is free! Register at:

This event has been organised under ARC project DE190100719 Hate Speech Against Women Online: Concepts and Countermeasures and the University of Tasmania, with the support of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and Women Doing Philosophy.

I’m in the new episode of 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 my first book, 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.

I’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! Listen to us talk about nihilism and the meaning of life, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, Nietzsche aphorisms etched on women’s bathrooms, The Sopranos, The Big Lebowski, egotism, technology, and some unearthed rare gems in our research in the history of philosophy. . .

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.