Founding Board of Directors: Biographies

David Lee Carlson (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2005) is an assistant professor in secondary education at Arizona State University. His research focuses on methods that prepare teachers to teach literature and multiple forms of writing in secondary urban schools; in particular, he is interested in how Michel Foucault’s methodologies can influence English education.  He is currently working on two book projects: The Power in Portfolios: Neo-liberalism and Writing Assessments (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers) and (Re) Reading Queer Theory: The Grammar of Recognition and the Pedagogies of Friendship (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers).

John Alan Farmer (J.D., Fordham Law School; Ph.D., art history, Columbia University) is an art historian and attorney who provided significant legal and financial guidance when the Foucault Society incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2005. He is currently Acting Co-Chair of The Quiet in the Land, a nonprofit art and education organization that organizes long-term community-based art projects throughout the world.  He was Head of Academic Initiatives at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and has worked for the Americas Society Visual Arts Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and College Art Association, where he served as Senior Editor of Art Journal. His publications include The New Frontier: Art and Television, 1960-65 (Austin Museum of Art, 2000) and The Specter of Crypto-Anarchy: Regulating Anonymity-Protecting Peer-to-Peer Networks (Fordham Law Review, 2003).

J. Armand Musey, CFA (MBA, Northwestern University; MA, Modern European Studies, Columbia University, 2010), is the CEO and founder of Summit Ridge Group, a consulting firm which provides expert advisory service to companies and investors in the satellite, media and telecom sectors.. He is currently attending Northwestern University Law School (JD expected 2011). He chaired the New York Society of Securities Analysts’ Corporate Governance Committee from 2007-2009 and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Riverside Symphony. An avid mountain climber, he has ascended the highest mountain on each continent (“the 7 Summits”), including Mt. Everest in May 2008.  From 2003-07, he was president of Near Earth LLC, a boutique investment bank specializing in the satellite industry. Mr. Musey is also an extensive reader of continental philosophy and received his Master’s degree in Modern European Studies from Columbia University in 2010.

Andrew Cornell Robinson (M.F.A. Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, 1994), who designed the original website for the Foucault Society (2005-2009), is the principle and founder of acrStudio, the arts + crafts research studio in New York City. His work includes ceramics, sculpture and work on paper. He teaches art and design at Parsons The New School for Design and Brooklyn College. 

Martin Parkins (Master of Social Work, Clinical, Boston College, 2011), was most recently a therapist at the VA Hospital in Bedford, MA, where his primary duties included counseling combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.  In addition, he served as a therapist/advocate in the Veterans Justice Outreach Program, which assists veterans whose combat related injuries have led to pending legal issues, incarceration or parole, by guiding them to supportive and therapeutic environments.  He was also an advisor to the Penikese Island School.  He earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College, CUNY.  His studies of Foucault continued to influence his work.  

Yunus Tuncel (Ph.D., philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2000) teaches at the Humanities Division of the New School for General Studies. His main areas of interest are Nietzsche and twentieth century French philosophy, especially Bataille, Blanchot, Klossowski, Foucault, and Deleuze. He is one of the founders of the Nietzsche Circle and the Foucault Society, as part of his efforts to create philosophical communities and his interest in the fusion of culture and thought. His research topics include agonistics, crime & punishment, power, erotica, and spectacle. His book, Towards a Genealogy of Spectacle, is forthcoming in March or April, 2011, with Eye Corner Press.