Gayle Salamon

Office Phone
44A McCosh Hall
Office Hours

Fall 2023: On Leave
Spring 2024: Tuesdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, and by appointment


PhD, UC Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric, 2002

Gayle Salamon is Professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests include phenomenology, feminist philosophy, queer and transgender theory, contemporary Continental philosophy, and disability studies.  She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Her most recent book The Life and Death of Latisha King:  A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia (NYU Press, 2018) uses phenomenology to explore the case of Latisha King, a trans girl who was shot and killed in her Oxnard, California junior high school by a classmate in 2008.

Recent articles include “What’s Critical about Critical Phenomenology” for the inaugural issue of Puncta:  A Journal of Critical Phenomenology (2018), “The Meontology of Masculinity:  Notes on Castration Elation,” in parallax (2016), and “Gender Essentialism and Eidetic Inquiry,” which won the Iris Marion Young Prize for Best Paper in Feminist Philosophy at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and is forthcoming in Rethinking Feminist Phenomenology.  Her co-edited volume with Gail Weiss and Ann Murphy, titled Fifty Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in 2019

She is currently at work on two projects: a manuscript on imagination, experiment, and ethics in mid-century phenomenology, and a monograph exploring narrations of bodily pain and disability in contemporary memoir entitled Painography: Metaphor and the Phenomenology of Chronic Pain.