The Agonist Editors

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick is Associate Professor of Literature, Language and Communication at Mercy College, NY. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature and M.A. in philosophy at Binghamton (SUNY).He serves on the Editorial Board of The Agonist. His areas of specialization are violence and representation, modernism, history of drama and the theory of criticism. He has published on Nietzsche, Bataille, Mishima, Nitsch, Barker, and is a theater critic for The Brooklyn Rail. He is the author of Writing with Blood: the Sacrificial Dramatist as Tragic Man (Eye Corner Press, 2011). You may contact David at

Kaitlyn Creasy

(Book Reviews Editor)

Kaitlyn Creasy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. She researches and writes in the areas of 19th and 20th century Continental Philosophy (especially Friedrich Nietzsche), nihilism, personal transformation, self-knowledge, and environmental philosophy. In my doctoral research, I offer a unique interpretation of personal transformation in Nietzsche and argue for the importance of self-transformation in Nietzsche’s solution to the problem of nihilism. You may contact Kaitlyn at

Krista Johansson

Krista Johansson is the Managing Editor of The Agonist and serves on the Board of Directors at The Nietzsche Circle. She is a multilingual, award winning scholar, specialized in Nietzsche’s philosophy of the body, art, and how to understand his ‘rhetoric,’ musically. Her upcoming dissertation demonstrates how Nietzsche’s vision of affirmation (Bejahung) – instead of showcasing a paradox as has been claimed – is a question of movement and bodily resonance. As the 2015 winner of the award and 2016 nominee for The Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Krista’s passion for teaching and mentoring at The New School and Parsons School of Design has gained recognition. She has held over twenty international presentations on Nietzsche in the United States, United Kingdom, Chile, Finland and Turkey. As the recipient of the Young Talented Researcher – award, her work has been featured in The Helsinki Times and MTV3. When Krista is not engaged with her research and the two book projects she is currently working on, she paints, enjoys art in NYC, and writes fiction for fun. You may contact Krista at

Luke Trusso

Luke Trusso has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Philosophy Department at NJCU since 2009. He is also adjunct faculty at Laguardia Community College in Queens. He has a Masters Degree in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a MA in Philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and he is currently working on his dissertation in Environmental philosophy towards a PhD at Duquesne University. HIs research interests include Environmental Aesthetics, Nietzsche, American Literature, and Psychoanalysis. You may contact Luke at

Yunus Tuncel

Yunus Tuncel is a co-founder of the Nietzsche Circle and serves on the Editorial Board of The Agonist. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. He is the author of Towards a Genealogy of Spectacle (Eye Corner Press, 2011) and Agon in Nietzsche (Marquette University Press, 2013). His areas of research include art, competition, culture, myth, power, and spectacle. He is interested in the fusion of art and philosophy in various cultural formations. You may contact Yunus at