Fannie Bialek an Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work focuses on contemporary religious and philosophical approaches to interpersonal relationships marked by love, valuing, and care, or their absence. She is currently working on a book on love and obligation in interpersonal and political relationships entitled Love in Time, and a second project on individualism, vulnerability, and power critique entitled Vulnerability and Power: The Promise of Relational Ethics. After graduating from Princeton University summa cum laude in Religion, Bialek earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Critical Thought from Brown University, where she then taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor before moving to Washington University in the fall of 2016. Alongside her teaching and research, Bialek has worked in sexual health education and intimate violence response and prevention for over a decade.
Where relationality is most productive in critical projects is where it transcends its projects of critique and explores the possibilities—ethical, political, and theological—of its account of subjectivity and community.