Benjamin Fong

Lecturer
Barret Honors College
Arizona State University

Benjamin Y. Fong received his PhD in Religion from Columbia University, where he was also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  His interests lie at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, critical social theory, and the study of religion.  His first book, Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism, which seeks to strengthen the psychoanalytic dimension of first generation critical theory in the hopes of rejuvenating its conception of subjection in late capitalism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.  His next project will examine particular episodes from the history of the strange relation of psychology and religion in the west beginning in the eighteenth century, with an eye toward addressing contemporary theoretical and methodological debates within religious studies.  He has published in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, and has also written posts for The New York Times' philosophy blog, "The Stone," on Freud and neuroscience.