Philosophy Department Faculty

Vanessa Parks Rumble

Associate Professor




Vanessa Rumble joined the philosophy faculty in 1989. She served as translator and member of the editorial board for the English language edition of Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks (12 volumes, Princeton University Press, 2007-2020) and founded and directed Boston College’s Psychoanalytic Studies Program (2004-08; 2011-2020).

Professional Activities/Awards

Keynote: “Taking on the Idols of the Tribe: Kierkegaard as Existentialist,” Ninth International Kierkegaard Conference (virtual), Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, May 6, 2022.

Conference Organizer: “Love and Mourning in the Constitution of the Subject: Recent Psychoanalytic Perspectives, October 17, 2016. ILA Major Grant, 2016.

Conference Organizer: “After the Unspeakable: Trauma, Nachträglichkeit, and Coming to Terms,” March 22-24, 2012. ILA Major Grant, 2011.

2005 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Teaching Excellence.

1999 Boston College’s Nominee: CASE U.S. Professor of the Year.

Selected Articles

“Kierkegaard and King on Passion: In the Narrow Straits of Time,” in Taking Kierkegaard Personally: First Person Responses, ed. James Lorentzen and Gordon Marino, Macon: Mercer University Press, 2020.

“Why Moriah? On Weaning and the Trauma of Transcendence,” in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling: A Critical Guide, ed. Daniel W. Conway, Cambridge University Press, 2015.