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 3301 01 - Ancient Philosophy:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PHIL 1301 08 - Intro to Philosophy:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PHIL 1301 07 - Intro to Philosophy:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Mary Alessandri. “Laughing in Spanish". New Philosopher, 17, no. summer 2017 July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2017.

  • Mary Alessandri. "The Little Engine That Couldn't". Philosophy Bakes Bread, 22,23,24, May 2017.

  • Mary Alessandri. "“In Praise of Lost Causes" ," New York Times, May 2017.

  • Mary Alessandri. “Living Philosophy” . New P, 16, no. Spring 2017 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017.

  • Mary Alessandri. "The Freedom to Fail". Womankind, no. 11 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017.

  • Mary Alessandri and John Kaag. ""Can philosophy survive in an academy driven by impact and employability?”," London: Times Higher Education, December 2015.

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Quidam: Earnest for Ten Minutes a Week” ," Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Volume 17: Kierkegaard's Pseudonyms. . University of Copenhagen: Ashgate Publishing, Volume 17, 2015.

  • Mary Alessandri. "“William Afham: The Line between the Problem and its Answer”, “Quidam: Imaginary Construction?” ," Ashgate Publishing, 17, 2015.

  • Mary Alessandri. "What can Philosophy of Religion Offer to the Modern University?". Philosophyofreligion.org, November 2015.

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Forging El Mundo Zurdo: Sexual and Linguistic Atravesados in Gloria Anzaldúa's Rio Grande Valley"," APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy Spring 2015 vol 14, no. No. 2:2-11 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2015).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • 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)

  • Alexander Stehn. Incorporating Digital “Testimonios” as Critical Pedagogy, UTPA, Mexican American Studies, & The Llano Grande Center, $3,000.00 ( 2013)

  • Mary Alessandri. Writing Across the Curriculum , University of Texas-Pan American , $500.00 (September 2012 - May 2013)



Selected Presentations


  • 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)

  • Mary Alessandri. ""Does Grammar Matter? Should it?"," Center for Teaching Excellence, (April 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“The Rules of Academic Whiteness” ," MAS Platica Marathon, MAS, UTRGV (March 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Wages for Academic Whiteness: Hispanics and Professionalization” ," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, SAAP, Birmingham, Alabama (March 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri, Stephen Leach, Thomas Pearson, Alexander Stehn, "“Roundtable Discussion on God” ," Philosophy Club, (March 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Getting to know our Students to Help them Succeed” ," Center for Teaching Excellence, (February 2017)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“Taco Tech” ," Philosophy Club, UTRGV (November 2016)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“A Pessimistic Art of Living: Miguel de Unamuno’s Don Quixote” ," Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy , Texas A&M (May 2016)

  • Mary Alessandri. "“The Redemption of Negative Feeling: Miguel de Unamuno” ," The Redemption of Feeling , Queens College, NYC (December 2015)

Current Courses

PHIL 3301 01 - Ancient Philosophy:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHIL 1301 08 - Intro to Philosophy:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHIL 1301 07 - Intro to Philosophy:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses