Lara Giordano

Primary office:
Bailey Hall, room 205E
University of Kanas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Office hours: T 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Lara Giordano grew up in northern California and came to Lawrence via Nashville via Seattle via Walla Walla.

She spends a lot of time thinking about what the arts – and film, in particular – can tell us about our ethical and political commitments and about the power of thoughtful dialogue.

When not engaged in the sedentary life of the academic, she is usually walking with – or, more likely, chasing after – her two-year-old daughter, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen while listening to podcasts about politics. She also enjoys jogging and crossword puzzling.


PhD, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

BA, Philosophy, Whitman College


Critical Social Philosophy

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of Film

19th and 20th Century Philosophy

Peace and Conflict Studies

The Good Life


Criticism, Politics, and the Arts

Stanley Cavell

Marxism and Post-Marxist Thought

Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

19th and 20th Century German Philosophy

Selected Publications

“Cavell, Secularism, Cinema: the Politics of the World Viewed,” Constellations, vol. 23, no 4, 2016 

Humanities Program Discontinued

Black Lives Matter

Summer Courses
Take a summer road trip that leads
to graduation.