Molly Kelly

molly [dot] elizabeth [dot] kelly [at] emory [dot] edu

PhD Candidate


PhD Philosophy, Emory University, 2018 – Present

MA Philosophy, Emory University, 2021

MA Public Policy, Philosophy, and Social Policy, George Washington University, 2018

BA Political Science (Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Boston University, 2015

Research Interests

  • Phenomenology (esp. Husserl)
  • Critical Phenomenology
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Philosophy of Psychology

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Laney Graduate Fellowship, 2018 – 2023
  • George Washington University Columbian Women’s Scholarship, 2017
  • Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship, 2017
  • GWU College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellowship, 2016 – 2018
  • BU Today Student Spotlight Recipient, 2015
  • Liberty Bank Fellowship, 2011 – 2015

Professional Publications

“Fearing the Worst Yet to Come: Derrida and Health Anxiety.” Theory & Psychology 31 (4): 632-645.

“Estrangement, Epochē, and Performance: Bertolt Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt and a Phenomenology of Spectatorship.” Continental Philosophy Review 53 (4): 419-431.

Professional Presentations

“‘Silence Becomes Something Else’: Cage, Al-Saji, and a Phenomenology of (Sonic) Hesitation,” ReVIEWING Black Mountain College International Conference, Asheville, NC November 2021.

“Ruptures in Meaning: Husserl, Orientation, and a Critical Phenomenology of Expression,” to be presented at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), virtual conference, September 2021.

“Untimely Perceptions: Freud, Husserl, and Traumatic Awakenings,” to be presented at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division Meeting, colloquium session, virtual conference, March 2021.

Sounding Queer: Sound Studies, Queer Phenomenology, and Sexual Orientations in Sonic Space,” presented at PhiloSOPHIA, Vanderbilt University, May 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19).

“Strong ‘For a Girl’: Sports Science, Femininity, and Athletic Gatekeepers of Gender,” presented at the Global Status of Women and Girls Conference, CNU, March 2018.

“An Ethic of Trauma,” presented at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting, Midwest SWIP session, Chicago, IL, February 2018.

“An Ethic of Time: Establishing a Temporal Dimension in the Original Position,” presented at the Midwest Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Conference, Cleveland State University, November 2017.

Teaching Experience

As Co-Instructor at Emory University:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (PHIL 200), Dr. Bredlau, Spring 2020

As Teaching Assistant at Emory University:

  • History of Moral and Political Philosophy (PHIL 220W), Dr. McAfee, Fall 2019

As Teaching Assistant at George Washington University:

  • Arab Politics (IAFF 2190W), Dr. Charles Kiamie, Spring 2018
  • Politics and Cultures of the Middle East (2190W), Dr. Charles Kiamie, Fall 2017
  • Arab Politics (IAFF 2190W), Dr. Charles Kiamie, Spring 2017
  • Business Law and Ethics (BADM 4101), Dr. de los Reyes, Spring 2017
  • Politics and Cultures of the Middle East (2190W), Dr. Charles Kiamie, Fall 2016

Research Experience

  • Research Intern, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2017
  • Legislative Aide to Representative Farley-Bouvier, Massachusetts State House, 2015
  • Field Organizing and Research Intern, MassEquality, 2012


In the Department: 

  • Graduate Representative, 2019 – 2020
  • Treasurer, Friday Philosophy Forum, 2019 – 2020
  • Board Member, Friday Philosophy Forum, 2018 – 2019

In the Profession:

  • Graduate Assistant, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, 2020 – 2022

In the Community:

  • Emory University’s First-Generation Graduate Women’s Collective, 2020 – 2021