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Shirley Le Penne

Graduate Student

Shirley Le Penne

Educational Background

  • BA at Tel Aviv University
  • MA at Tel Aviv University and Sciences Po Paris

Overview

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory, Government, at Cornell University. I am interested in the politics of hope and despair, social movements, and the existential experiences of incarceration.

Keywords

The Politics of Hope and Despair; Social Movements; Confinement and Incarceration; Continental Political Thought; Existentialism; Phenomenology

Departments/Programs

  • Government

Research

I conduct interdisciplinary research, fusing findings and insights from political theory, comparative politics, social psychology, and existential philosophy. I currently work on the politics of hope and despair amidst the Arab Spring in the Maghreb, and on the politics of death and suicide in the U.S. carceral system. Interested not merely in understanding existence but the very experience of it, my approach consists of a phenomenological leap into the human qualia: the subjective and intersubjective living experiences that make us who we are, privately and publicly. Reviving existentialism, philosophically and politically, I ask why and whether to live.