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Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy

Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy

Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy

Associate Professor of PhilosophyHistory, Humanities, and Languages


Sharin Elkholy began teaching at UHD in 2007 after teaching in New York City colleges and graduating with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2003. She has served as the coordinator of the Ethnic Studies program (2010-14), and is a Core Faculty Member in the Center for Critical Race Studies (Fall 2013-Current). Dr. Elkholy teaches courses on Existentialism, Ethics, Intro, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Gender, Eastern Philosophies, Heidegger and Individual thinkers in Philosophy.

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, May 2003.
B.A. Antioch College.

Courses Taught

Phil 4312: Confucius

Phil 3317: Philosophy and Race

Phil 1301: Introduction to Philosophy

Phil 3319: Philosophy of Gender

Phil 3301: Moral Issues: Personal and Professional

Phil 4312: Heidegger

Phil 4390: Eastern Philosophies

Phil 3302: Philosophy of Science

Phil 2310: Meaning of Life

Phil 3305: Contemporary Philosophy

Experience Qualifications

Dr. Elkholy's research interest focuses on Heidegger, Existentialist thought, Philosophy and Race and Feminism. She is author of Heidegger and a Metaphysics of Feeling: Angst and the Finitude of Being (London/New York: Continuum International Publishing group, 2008). In this book Elkholy challenges the conventional wisdom on the meaning of finitude and mood in Heidegger's early thinking and demonstrates the significance of mood for an ontology of community and the conceptualization of difference. Elkholy is also the editor of The Beats and Philosophy, ed., Sharin N Elkholy (Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2012). This collection includes a diverse range of beat writers and philosophers and examines the philosophical influences on beat writings.

Dr. Elkholy has written on Heidegger and Race; Heidegger and German Idealism; German Romanticism, Gender and Romantic Love; Gang Life; and most recently she has written an entry for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on "Feminism and Race in the United States."

More Information

"Authenticity and Mit-dasein: On an Intersubjectivist model of the Self in Heidegger's Being and Time," Southwest Philosophical Studies Journal, Vol 32 (2010).

"Fichte and Heidegger on the Priority of Feeling and the Horizon of World and Self-Knowledge," in Fichte and the Phenomenological Tradition, eds. Violetta L. Waibel, Daniel Breazeale, Tom Rockmore (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2010), pp. 261-273.

"Friendship Across Differences: A Heideggerian Theory of Friendship and an Analysis of Race Relations in Richard Wright's Native Son," Janus Head, Vol 10.1(Summer/Fall, 2007), pp.199-215. Online:

What's Gender Got To Do With It? A Phenomenology of Romantic Love," Athenäum: Jahrbuch für Romantik (Verlag:1999 Yearbook), pp.121-161.

"Does Racism Contribute to Gang Violence" in Juvenile Crime: Opposing Viewpoints, eds. A.E. Sadler and Scott Barbour (Greenhaven Press, 1997); "Crips and Bloods Speak for themselves" Against the Current 39 (July-August 1992), pp.7-10. Originally a three part radio series on LA Riots and Gang Unification, Pacifica Radio ( KPFK), 1992.