BA, Psychology, Philosophy, American University, 2002
MA, Philosophy, American University, 2002
PhD, Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2007

My name is David-Olivier Gougelet and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. I was born in Belgium and lived in France prior to moving to the US in 1984. I grew up on the East coast and attended American University, in Washington, DC, where I graduated with BA’s in psychology and philosophy, along with an MA in philosophy. I then moved to the University of Memphis, where I earned a PhD in philosophy in 2007.

Following my studies, I returned to American University and taught there for three years before joining Simpson in 2010. My research focuses mainly on contemporary European¬†philosophy (19th and 20th century Continental philosophy), and in particular on the French tradition. I have worked in both the existentialist and post-structuralist traditions, and wrote my doctoral dissertation on Michel Foucault’s concept of biopower, a subject that continues to serve as the focus of my research. I have also published on the concepts of race and medicalization in Foucault, and am currently working on an analysis of 19th and 20th century French colonial practices like the colonial exhibition and the human zoo.

I can be reached by phone at 515-961-1726 and by email at

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