Matt Waggoner, Ph.D.

DepartmentPhilosophy & ReligionMatt Waggoner, Ph.D. at Albertus Magnus College
TitleDirector of the Urban Studies Program
Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion
Professor of Philosophy & Religion
BackgroundB.A., Evangel University
M.A., Missouri State University
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
OfficeAquinas Hall, Room 226
Phone(203) 752-8762


Unhoused: Adorno and the Problem of Dwelling, Columbia University Press, 2019.

Edited Volumes

Readings in the Theory of Religion: Map, Text, Body, editor (Routledge and Equinox,

Articles, Review Essays, Book and Textbook Chapters

"Critique of Architectural Reason: Adorno Against Heideggerian Dwelling" in Architecture Philosophy, Winter 2019.

"Theology, Politics, Critique" in Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, Spring 2017.

"Judith Butler's Senses of the Subject" Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, 2017.

"Durability Dreams and Reckless Life" in Theory and Event, volume 18, issue 1, 2015.

"Kant and the Perversion of Endings" in Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory, volume 15, number 1, 2014.

"Sociology of Religion" in Sociology in the Fast Lane, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2013.

"Cultivating Critique: A (Humanoid) Response to the Online Teaching of Critical Thinking" in Liberal Education (AAC&U), volume 99, number 3, 2013.

"Is There Justice in Translation?" Semeia Studies (Society of Biblical Literature), v. 69, 2012.

"Adorno and the Remainders of Reason" in Constellations, volume 17, number 1, 2010.

"Split Level, or, Gordon Matta-Clark and the Predicament of Dwelling" in New Formations, v. 70, no. 9, 2010.

"No Man's Lands: Refuse and Refuge in Adorno's American Experience" in Telos, v. 149, Winter 2009.

"The Future of Religious Studies: Remembering Gary Lease" in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, v 21, 2009.

"Culture and Religion" in Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, Oxford University Press, 2008.

"Eduardo Mendieta's The Frankfurt School on Religion" in Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, volume 8, number 1, 2008.

"Race, Religion, and the Politics of Anticipation" in The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

"Giving up the Good: Adorno, Kierkegaard, and the Critique of Political Culture" in Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, volume 6, number 2, Spring 2005.

"Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Death of a Discipline" in Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, volume 6, number 2, Spring 2005.

"Irony, Embodiment, and the 'Critical Attitude': Engaging Saba Mahmood's Critique of Secular Morality" in Culture and Religion, volume 6, number 2, July 2005.

"Adorno, Religious Radio, and the Limits of Historicism" in Culture and Religion, 2004.

"The Turn to Religion," in the bulletin (Council of Societies for the Study of Religion), February 2004.

"Hitchcock, Kierkegaard, and the Return of the Religious," in Critical Sense, 2003.

"Emil Durkheim's The Elementary Form of Religious Life," in Religious Studies Review , volume 25, 1999.

"William Johnston's Recent Reference Books in Religious Studies" in Religious Studies Review, volume 24, 1999.

"Samuel Preus' Explaining Religion: Criticism and Theory from Bodin to Freud," in Religious Studies Review, volume 25, 1999.

"Rene Girard's Violence and the Sacred," in Society of Biblical Literature, 1998.