Michael A. Portal

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Book review editor for Arendt Studies. I was a Fulbright Scholar who studied in Antwerp, Belgium (2022-2023). 

I am writing my dissertation.

I enjoy continental philosophy and pastrami on rye.

Email me at michaelportal @ tamu.edu


I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy. I am working under the direction of Drs. Daniel Conway and Claire Katz.

I complete my M.A. in History at Texas A&M University (2023). My thesis, Prehistoric France: Gergovie, Lascaux, and 'Eternal France' (1940-1945), was under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Bouton.

I completed my M.A. in French Studies at the American College of the Mediterranean (2018). My thesis, Des Grottes aux camps : une non-histoire du rire juif, was under the direction of Dr. Michel Lantelme.

I completed my B.A. in Philosophy and Policy Studies at Rice University (2017). My Senior thesis, Martin Heidegger’s Critique of Technology and Modern Education, was under the direction of Dr. Steven Crowell.

You can find my CV here.


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My dissertation (in process) concerns the relationship between ethics and suffering in the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot. 

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