Todd Madigan is studying the various meanings of voluntary human suffering, particularly when this suffering is adopted in response to the misery of others. He is also developing the concept of ambiguous social performance and inquiring after its place within the framework of cultural pragmatics. In both these research areas he is interested in deploying the interpretive insights of philosophical hermeneutics, narratology, and performativity.
For the decade prior to his arrival at Yale, Todd worked closely with the homeless young people of Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Moscow, Russia.
Education: B.A. philosophy, summa cum laude, San Jose State University; M.A. English, San Francisco State University