Wendy Lochner


Subject areas:

Animal Studies; Philosophy; Political Science (Political Theory); Religion


American Lectures on the History of Religions; Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series; Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature; Columbia Series in Science and Religion; Columbia Series on Religion and Politics; Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History; Columbia Themes in Philosophy; Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts; Critical Life Studies; Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science, and Law; European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism; Gender, Theory, and Religion; Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought; Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture; New Directions in Critical Theory; Religion, Culture, and Public Life; Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhism; The Wellek Library Lectures

My main areas of acquisition are philosophy, religious studies, political theory, and animal studies. I am interested in books for general readers, course books, and broad single-volume references as well as monographs with wide and interdisciplinary audiences. (Please send all proposals and manuscripts via e-mail.)

My philosophy list is primarily focused on contemporary continental philosophies, with strong connections to critical theory, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. This part of the list includes three series. New Directions in Critical Theory (edited by Amy Allen) aims to renew and advance the program of critical social theory, with a particular focus on theorizing contemporary struggles around gender, race, sexuality, class, and globalization and their complex interconnections. It includes works by Allen, Nancy FraserAxel HonnethRainer Forst, Jacques Rancière, Wendy Brown, and other leading scholars.

Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts (edited by Lydia Goehr and Gregg Horowitz) aims to publish books that show the ability of the arts to stimulate critical reflection on modern and contemporary social, political, and cultural life. It includes books by GoehrJohn HamiltonStefan Jonsson, and others.

We are also building a list in analytic philosophy through the series Columbia Themes in Philosophy (edited by Akeel Bilgrami), which has a broad and accommodating thematic reach as well as an ecumenical approach to the outdated disjunction between analytical and European philosophy. It is committed to an examination of key themes in new and startling ways and to the exploration of new topics in philosophy. It includes books by Bilgrami, Edward Said, and Michael Dummett.

Our philosophy backlist is highlighted by major works by John Rawls, Hilary Putnam, Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala, Richard Rorty, John Searle, David Foster Wallace, Arthur Danto, and Judith Butler.

I have recently assumed editorial responsibility for the series European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism, edited by Lawrence D. Kritzman, which presents outstanding books by leading European thinkers. With both classic and contemporary works, the series aims to shape the major intellectual controversies of our day and to facilitate the tasks of historical understanding. This well-established and influential series includes books by Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixoux, Antonio Gramsci, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida.

I have also recently assumed editorial responsibility for the Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory, which are given annually at the University of California, Irvine, under the auspices of the Critical Theory Institute. Among the authors represented are Elizabeth Grosz, Talal Asad, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Paul Gilroy, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, and Fredric Jameson.

In the area of religious studies, our strengths include political theology, Islam, American religion, and Asian religion. Here we have several important series.

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture (edited by Slavoj Zizek, Jeffrey Robbins, Clayton Crockett, and Creston Davis) seeks not only to explore the various forms of political theology across religious traditions and political commitments but also to reflect critically on the very concept of the religious against its political and cultural background. It includes titles by Antonio Negri, John Caputo, Alain Badiou, and Peter Sloterdijk.

Gender, Theory, and Religion (edited by Amy Hollywood) uses religious studies to draw upon history, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and theology, among other disciplines, and employ feminist theory for the analytical tools that will bring all religious traditions into the scope of the series. It has published work of Elizabeth Castelli, Susan Ackerman, and Jennifer Knust.

Columbia Series in Politics and Religion (edited by Gaston Espinosa and Chester Gillis) examines the influence religion exercises in the public order on areas including politics, environmental policy, social policy, law, church-state relations, foreign policy, race, class, gender, and culture. It includes titles by Espinosa, Gary Dorrien, and Richard Miller

Religion, Culture, and Public Life (coedited at the Press with Anne Routon; series editor Karen Barkey) focuses on issues related to questions of difference, identity, and practice within local, national, and international contexts. Special attention is paid to the ways in which religious traditions encourage conflict, violence, and intolerance and also support human rights, ecumenical values, and mutual understanding. It includes books by Denis Lacorne, Gil Anidjar, Mark Taylor, Jack Snyder, Charles Taylor, and Courtney Bender.

The Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies, edited by Chun-fang Yu, is an endowed series that supports the publication of new scholarship on Chinese Buddhism as well as translations of essential Chinese Buddhist texts.

Also on the religion list are notable works by Peter Brown, Caroline Bynum, Ronald Davidson, Frederick Smith, Gananath Obeyesekere, Evan Thompson, and others.

Political theory is a field that by necessity overlaps with political philosophy, critical theory, and political theology. Among the well-known authors represented at the Press are Jacob Taubes, Maria Pia Lara, and Stephen Bronner.

The series Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History (edited by Dick Howard) aims to explore ideas in political philosophy within their historical context and sets of practices. It includes works by HowardClaude Lefort, and Andrew Arato.

My list in animal studies is highly interdisciplinary and includes works in philosophy, religion, literary studies, and ethics. Leading authors in this area include Paul Waldau and Kimberley Patton, Gary Francione, Gary Steiner, Matthew Calarco, Stanley Cavell, Cynthia Willett, Anna Peterson, Michael Marder, Colin Dayan, and Julian Franklin.

The series Critical Perspectives on Animals: Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Culture (edited by Gary Francione and Gary Steiner)  gives crucially needed direction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of animal studies and provides appreciation of the subjective experience and the moral status of animals as well as of the nature and place of human beings.

A new series, Critical Life Studies (edited by Jami Weinstein, Claire Holbrook, and Myra Hird), theorizes around three intertwined problematics: the revised ontology and resituated status of the human, the reconsideration of matter and materiality, and the question of what constitutes life.