Cary Wolfe
Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English
Director, 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory



Office: Herring Hall 324       Phone: 713-348-2601   Email:

Founding Director Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books and edited collections include Animal Rites: American CultureThe Discourse of Speciesand Posthumanist Theory (Chicago, 2003), the edited collections,  Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minnesota, 2003) and (with Branka Arsic) The Other Emerson (Minnesota, 2010), and, most recently, What Is Posthumanism? (Minnesota, 2010) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (Chicago, 2012).       He has also participated in two recent multi-authored collections: Philosophy and Animal Life (Columbia, 2008), with philosophers Cora Diamond, Ian Hacking, Stanley Cavell, and John McDowell, and The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue (Columbia, 2009), with philosophers Paola Cavalieri, Peter Singer, Harlan Miller, Matthew Calarco, and novelist J. M. Coetzee. He is founding editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, which publishes six books per year by noted authors such as Donna Haraway, Roberto Esposito, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Vilem Flusser, and many others. He has published and lectured widely in areas such as animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture, and he has written numerous pieces on art, music, architecture, and other kinds of non-literary culture. He is currently working on two book projects: Wallace Stevens’ Birds: The Poetics of Extinction, and an as yet untitled project on political theory after biopolitical thought.