Dr. Lara Giordano

Lara Giordano
  • Lecturer
  • Advisor for Peace and Conflict Studies Minor
  • 19th and 20th c. German Philosophy | Marxism and Post-Marxist Thought | Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art & Film | Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 2108
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Lara Giordano grew up in northern California and came to Lawrence via Nashville via Seattle via Walla Walla.

She spends a lot of time thinking about what the arts – and film, in particular – can tell us about our ethical and political commitments and about the power of thoughtful dialogue.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
B.A. in Philosophy, Whitman College


Research interests:

  • Criticism, Politics, and the Arts
  • Stanley Cavell
  • Marxism and Post-Marxist Thought
  • Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
  • 19th and 20th Century German Philosophy


Teaching interests:

  • Critical Social Philosophy
  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophy of Film
  • 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

Selected Publications

“Cavell, Secularism, Cinema: the Politics of the World Viewed,” Constellations, vol. 23, no 4, 2016