Welcome!

Renault-Steele Photo I am Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of philosophy at  Le Moyne College and a board member of the international journal Evental Aesthetics. My research combines the resources of feminist philosophies with French and German critical theory in the aesthetic analysis of film, new media, and most recently, urban space.

I recently completed my doctorate in department of philosophy at  Villanova University.   My dissertation was on the Weimar era work of Siegfried Kracauer: a prolific and iconoclastic cultural critic who orbited the Frankfurt School before his canonization in the American academy as a film theorist. I argued Kracauer’s early critical theory ought to be recovered as a feminist philosophical method. A short dissertation abstract can be found here.

I primarily teach courses in Continental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, but I also lead interdisciplinary courses in Film and Visual Culture, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as Writing and Composition. Descriptions of some of my recent course offerings can be found here.

I can be reached at renaulse@lemoyne.edu and srenau01@villanova.edu. My profile at academia.edu is here.