The Agonist Staff

Yunus Tuncel (Editor-in-Chief)

Yunus Tuncel Yunus Tuncel is a co-founder of the Nietzsche Circle and is the Editor-in-Chief of its electronic journal, The Agonist, which is published twice a year. 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), Agon in Nietzsche (Marquette University Press, 2013) and Emotion in Sports (Routledge, 2019), and the editor of Nietzsche and Transhumanism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). His areas of research include art, competition, culture, myth, music, power, spectacle, sports, performance, and theater. He is interested in the fusion of art (all forms of art) and philosophy in various cultural formations and undertakes a peripatetic project called Philomobile. He has been working with posthumanists for the last ten years in New York and globally and is a co-founder and an editor of the newly created Journal of Posthumanism. He is one of the co-editors of and a contributor to a forthcoming anthology on Nietzsche and music. He presents papers at conferences and publishes articles and books locally and internationally.

Luke Trusso (Editor)

Luke Trusso has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at NJCU since 2009, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department at NYU since 2014. He has an MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a MA in Philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include Environmental Aesthetics, Nietzsche Scholarship, Cultural Criticism, American Literature, and Psychoanalysis.

Michael Polesny (Managing Editor)

As professor in programs of the Humanities and English at Lehman College (CUNY), Michael V. Polesny teaches and writes on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in the context of intellectual, religious and theological history, and with a special focus on the artistic turn in these centuries towards the pre-modern valuations of antiquity (classicism) and the Middle Ages (pan-Christianity). Additionally, he specializes in the history of music in literature and philosophy, and in particular the music in the poetry and criticism of T.S. Eliot and his contemporaries.

Ben Abelson (Article Editor)

Ben Abelson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2015. His publications include Clarity and Vision: An Introduction to Philosophy (Kendall Hunt, 2018), “Beyond Face and Heel: Nietzsche’s Agonism and the Pro-wrestling Spectacle” (The Agonist, Fall 2020), and “Shifting Coalitions, Free Will, and the Responsibility of Persons” in Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will (Routledge, 2017). He is also co-host of the Contesting Wrestling podcast.

Joshua Hall (Interview Editor)

Joshua M. Hall is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Liberal Studies Program at William Paterson University. His research focuses various historical and geographical lenses on philosophy’s boundaries, particularly the intersection of aesthetics, psychology and social justice. He has published forty-nine peer-reviewed journal articles (including in Philosophy Compass, The Pluralist, and Philosophy and Literature) and ten anthology chapters (including in the forthcoming Dance and Philosophy), and edited with Sarah Tyson, Philosophy Imprisoned: The Love of Wisdom in the Age of Mass Incarceration. His related work in the arts includes one mini-chapbook collection (Bachata Adobe) and poems in numerous literary journals (recently including Folio, Off the Coast, and Roanoke Review), and over twenty years’ experience as a choreographer, instructor and dancer.

Pablo Ceja (Arts Editor)

Pablo Ceja is a writer and artist based in New York City.

Richard J. Elliott (Book Review Editor)

Richard Elliott is Associate Lecturer and Tutor at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited collections on Nietzsche. More widely he has research interests in the philosophy of psychology, the interface between philosophy of mind and psychoanalysis, 20th century European philosophy (esp. Heidegger and Adorno), issues in moral psychology, and German intellectual history.

Seth Binsted (Graphic Designer)

Seth Binsted studied philosophy in the graduate department at Stony Brook University, and will begin teaching at James Madison University starting fall 2021. His academic work has focused on both Nietzsche and phenomenological philosophy. He also works as a photographer and visual artist, and in both areas he is primarily interested in the variegated intersections between philosophy and the imagination. More specifically, his research has focused on aesthetics and architecture, technology, and animals.

Kate Shanks (Webmaster)

Kate Shanks has graduate degrees in linguistics and anthropology from University of Sydney and University of Chicago. Her current interest is in the intersections between literary texts and visual arts. 

Rachel Roberts (Intern)

Rachel has been working at The Agonist for two years as an intern. She is a philosophy major graduating from NYU in May 2021, and hopes to continue her studies in the future

Qingzhi Xu (David) (Intern)

Qingzhi Xu is an undergraduate student at New York University. He is currently working on majors in Mathematics and Economics as well as a minor in Philosophy. He has a vast array of interests, including Nietzschean philosophy, metaphysics, and eastern philosophy.