Mariana   Alessandri  Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABS 302
Phone: (956) 665-7487
Email: mariana.alessandri@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mariana Alessandri Ph.D.

Dr. Mariana Alessandri is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Mexican-American Studies Faculty Affiliate, and Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty Affiliate. She teaches Existentialism, Religious Studies, and Mexican-American Philosophy.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Unamuno, Kierkegaard, Anzaldua
    • Religious Studies, Mexican American Studies
  • Education

    • PhD, Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010
    • MA, Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
    • MA, Philosophy, American University, 2004
    • BA, Philosophy and Religion, Mary Washington College, 2000
  • Currently Teaching

    PHIL 1300 02 - Critical Thinking:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PHIL 1300 01 - Critical Thinking:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PHIL 3304 01 - 19th Century Philosophy:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Mary Alessandri. "The Redemption of Negative Feeling: Miguel de Unamuno," The Redemption of Feeling: The Religious Existentialists. KY: Lexington Books, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2019.

  • Mary Alessandri. A Popular Blogger’s Theology of Failure Glennon Doyle on the Redemptive Act of “Showing Up” . Theologies of Failure . Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, March 2019.

  • Mary Alessandri. "The Gender Politics of Fasting," NY: New York Times, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2019.

  • Mary Alessandri. The Art of Time Management. Hobart: New Philosopher, no. 22 December 2018: 68-70.

  • Mary Alessandri. "Interpreting Unamuno’s Quixotism as a Religion," Philosophy Today 62, no. 3 (December 2018).

  • Mary Alessandri. Be a Winner, not a Whiner. Hobart: New Philosopher, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018.

  • Mariana Alessandri. Giving Birth to Difference. Hobart: New Philosopher, Spring, no. 2018 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018: 43-45.

  • Mariana Alessandri. "“Wages for Academic Whiteness: Hispanics and Professionalization” ," Illinois: The Pluralist 13, no. 1 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018): 59-66.

  • Mariana Alessandri. Précis to Kate Norlock’s “Can’t Complain”: Complain We Must!. Greencastle, IN : Pea Soup: Philosophy, Ethics, Academia , March 2018.

  • Mariana Alessandri. Unfolding Gloria Anzaldúa’s Gift to the Rio Grande Valley. RGV: NETA, February 2018.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Mariana Alessandri. Can Love Work?: A Response to Daniel Campos’ Loving Immigrants in America, Faculty Travel Support Program, $600.00 (March 2018)

  • Alexander Stehn. "Philosophy Across the Americas—Thinking La Frontera", Office of Global Engagement Globalization Opportunities Grants, $2,000.00 (November 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. Gloria Anzaldua and Linguistic Terrorism, Faculty Travel Support Program, $250.00 (July 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. Gloria Anzaldua and Linguistic Terrorism, MAS, $300.00 (July 2017 - July 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. Wages for Academic Whiteness: Hispanics and Professionalization, Faculty Travel Support Program, $358.00 (March 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "The Redemption of Negative Feeling", Faculty Travel Support Program, $334.00 (December 2015)

  • Mary Alessandri. “Forging El Mundo Zurdo: Sexual and Linguistic Atravesados in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Rio Grande Valley”, Junior Faculty Travel Support, $400.00 (May 2015)

  • Mary Alessandri. Incorporating Research into the Curriculum , UTRGV, $500.00 (January 2015)

  • Mary Alessandri. Get in Gear Writing Program , $500.00 (December 2014)

  • Mary Alessandri. Service Learning Pilot Program, Office of Service Learning, $500.00 ( 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Mariana Alessandri. "“Becoming Faithful: Reading Gloria Anzaldúa Reading Kierkegaard”," The Eighth International Kierkegaard Conference, The Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (June 2018)

  • Mary Alessandri. "Linguistic Terrorism in Gloria Anzaldúa," The Literary Works of Gloria Anzaldúa, McAllen Public Library, McAllen Public Library Main Branch (June 2018)

  • Mary Alessandri. "Linguistic Terrorism in Gloria Anzaldua," Pride Month Event, McAllen Public Library, McAllen, TX (June 2018)

  • Mariana Alessandri. "“Leave out “Kierkquegard”: Reading Gloria Anzaldúa Reading Kierkegaard”," El Mundo Zurdo, Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, San Antonio, TX (May 2018)

  • Mariana Alessandri. "Can Love Work?: A Response to Daniel Campos’ Loving Immigrants in America," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, SAAP, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 2018)

  • Mariana Alessandri. "Unfolding UTRGV Students," Unfolding Social Issues, UTRGV Art Department, UTRGV (February 2018)

  • Mariana Alessandri. "Kierkegaard’s Influence on Anzaldúa," MAS Platica Marathon, Mexican American Studies, UTRGV (January 2018)

  • Mariana Alessandri. "Welcoming the Undocumented Immigrant “Con Brazos Abiertos” in Deep South Texas," Revisiting Mamre: The Stranger in the Three Abrahamic Faiths, Department of Philosophy, Queens College, Queens College (December 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Gloria Anzaldúa and Linguistic Terrorism” ," Summer Institute in American Philosophy, Eugene, OR (July 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Educated but not Educado”," Philosophy Club, UTRGV (May 2017)

Current Courses

PHIL 1300 02 - Critical Thinking:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHIL 1300 01 - Critical Thinking:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHIL 3304 01 - 19th Century Philosophy:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses