Karmen MacKendrick

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Karmen MacKendrick is a fellow at the Cornell Society for the Humanities, where the year’s theme is Skin. She is exploring images of skin between human and divine as both boundaries and revelations, part of her ongoing work on matter and mystery. The rest of the time, she is a professor of philosophy and an associate chair in the McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College. Her work in philosophical theology is entangled with several other disciplines, particularly those involved with words, with flesh, or with the pleasures to be taken in both. These preoccupations appear in several books, most recently The Matter of Voice: Sensual Soundings (Fordham University Press, 2016).

In addition to her work on matter and mystery, Karmen is currently working on exile and abandonment, and has just completed a project on humiliation and failure.  When she is not able to write, Karmen maintains her sanity with the help of a rather wonderful network of brilliant humans, several spoiled cats, and the occasional round of flamenco.


Karmen is the author of Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions, Fragmentation and Memory, Word Made Skin, Immemorial Silence, counterpleasures, and Seducing Augustine, along with book chapters and articles on related subjects. See more.


A frequent panelist, presenter, and guest lecturer, Karmen speaks on a number of topics including Augustine, the body, and the divine among others. See more


Karmen teaches core classes, philosophy electives, and Honors courses. With Professor Jennifer Glancy, Karmen received a grant from the NEH Enduring Questions program for an interdisciplinary course entitled “What Does Prayer Do?” offered Spring 2013 to Fall 2014. See all of Karmen’s courses.