Torsten Menge is assistant professor in residence in the Liberal Arts Program. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and an MA in philosophy from Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin. He previously taught at the University of Arkansas, Georgetown University, and Marymount University. 

Menge’s work is situated at the intersection of philosophy, political theory, and social ontology. His current research focuses on the nature and boundaries of political communities. He also works on theories of power, with a particular interest in ontological and sociological question about power, and the role of power claims in philosophical genealogies.


  • Phil 242 Topics in Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Phil 242 Topics in Philosophy: Morality and the Good Life (Introduction to Ethics)
  • Phil 242 Topics in Philosophy: Justice (Introduction to Political Philosophy)
  • Phil 242 Topics in Philosophy: Language and Power
  • Phil 242 Topics n Philosophy: Ethics and Politics of Immigration
  • Phil 387 Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Social Construction
  • Interdis 203 Ways of Knowing: Learning in (Post)colonial TImes


Menge, Torsten. (forthcoming). “Fictional Expectations and the Ontology of Power.” Philosophers’ Imprint.

Menge, Torsten. (2019). “Violence and the Materiality of Power.” Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy. Available online first at https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2019.1700344

Menge, Torsten. (2019). “How Far Does the European Union Reach? Foreign Land Acquisitions and the Boundaries of Political Communities.” Land 8(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/land8030044

Menge, Torsten. (2018). “The Role of Power in Social Explanation.” European Journal of Social Theory 21(1): 22–38. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1368431017714426

Menge, Torsten. (2017). “The Uncanny Effect of Telling Genealogies.” Southwest Philosophy Review 33(1): 63-73. http://doi.org/10.5840/swphilreview20173317