Karmen MacKendrick

Karmen MacKendrick  is a professor of philosophy 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). Failing Desire, on humiliation and failure, is forthcoming from SUNY Press, scheduled for Spring 2018.

Karmen is currently engaged in two book projects. The first is on materiality and mysticism, the second on exile, abandonment, and loss. 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 The Matter of Voice: Sensuous Soundings, Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions, Fragmentation and Memory, Word Made Skin, Immemorial Silence, and counterpleasures, and the co-author of 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 flesh, and immanent divinity, among others. See more


Karmen teaches core classes, philosophy electives, and Honors courses. She is particularly fond of interdisciplinary teaching. 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.